Visual Signature Reduction Technology using Dynamic Camouflage Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,948.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-10-M-0047
Award Id:
98086
Agency Tracking Number:
N092-140-0634
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-140
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4 Tirrell Place, Durham, NH, 03824
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829833230
Principal Investigator:
GlenShwaery
Principal Scientist
(603) 312-2485
gshwaery@argentechsolutions.com
Business Contact:
KeithHaney
President
(603) 781-6516
khaney@argentechsolutions.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Undersea vehicles, such as submarines, are vulnerable to visual detection in littoral waters. As a tactical aid, static camouflage patterns can be painted on vessel hulls to better blend the vessel to its environment. However, static patterns are not able to adapt to environmental conditions. As a means to greatly advance stealth, a new class of dynamic (adaptive) coatings will be developed to respond to various stimuli resulting in automatic color and brightness adaptation as a function of depth via photochromic activation. Further enhancements reducing visual perception include rendering the photochromic materials in fractal brightness and color. The development of useful environmentally stable photochromic coatings will provide a baseline to supplement, whenever possible, additional means to control the coatings' contrast through changes in temperature (thermochromic) and through operator activation (electrochromic). Given the complexity of modeling the littoral environment, a fully instrumented university laboratory will be used to replicate conditions for simulated depths up to 150 feet. To ensure a robust, cost effective design, a proven systems engineering approach will be used to provide the Navy a coating which can operate in a variety of mission profiles while being easy for maintenance providers to apply and maintain.

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