Innovative Material and Application Method for a Hydrophobic/Oleophobic Coating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0578
Agency Tracking Number: N181-019-1016
Amount: $124,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-019
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeannine Elliott
 (303) 261-1142
 jelliott@tda.com
Business Contact
 John Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Air cooled exchangers are used in the V-22 Osprey and many other platforms where they provide a critical thermal management function. During operation, the outside environment brings in the dust, grime, oil and sand which can foul the heat exchanger surface. Deposits on the surface create an insulating layer that increases the thermal resistance and reduces the process efficiency. Regular maintenance of the heat exchanger is required to clean off the surface, reducing military readiness by the taking aircraft out of the service and consuming funds on maintenance activities that could otherwise go for active missions. In this SBIR project, TDA will develop a hydrophobic and oleophobic surface coating that would repel dirt and fouling to prevent it from building up in the first place. The coating will be applied as a thin film layer, uniformly across the heater exchanger fins in a low-cost industrial process. In the Phase I project, we will demonstrate that the coating has hydrophobic/oleophobic properties, measure heat transfer properties across a coated test panel, and characterize its physical properties.

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