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Corrosion Resistant Missile Cell Hatch Cover

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00253-17-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: N141-041-0803a
Amount: $1,499,875.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-041
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-15
Small Business Information
1074 Saltillo Road
Roca, NE 68430
United States
DUNS: 177984879
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dale Tiller
 Director of Engineering
 (402) 421-1345
Business Contact
 Dexter Myers
Phone: (626) 379-2282
Research Institution
 University of Nebraska
 Dr. Yuris Denis
PO Box 830861
Lincoln, NE 68583
United States

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 Domestic nonprofit research organization

PEI will development and design a light weight, resistant to corrosion and ice adhesion, water tight and low maintenance VLS Composite Missile Hatch. PEI design will include polymers and nanofibers and materials, will utilize low costs composite manufacturing, design, performance evaluation, and analysis techniques will enable us to develop a cell hatch that will meet all performance requirements. PEI objective is to develop conceptual design of the cell hatch based on VLS performance requirements. PEI will evaluate and select candidate materials (fiber(s), nanofibers, resin(s) and coatings) that will achieve both structural and environmental performance requirements. PEI will also develop a low cost manufacturing process using the selected materials. This could include the evaluation of hybrid structures which utilize various fiber type reinforcements, nanofibers and resins. PEI will fabricate sub scale prototype components for evaluation and review. PEI will investigate incorporating continuous nanocyrstallline nanofibers, into the Composite Missile Cell Hatch. Orders of magnitude improvements of the interlaminar static, dynamic, and fatigue fracture toughness and damage tolerance in carbon-epoxy laminates are achievable by utilizing nanofibers without any appreciable increase in weight. Nano coatings will also be investigated to reduce ice adhesion and increase toughness and durability.

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