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Boron Nitride Nanotube Composites for Pliable Thermal Interface Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0487
Agency Tracking Number: N181-078-1073
Amount: $129,882.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-078
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-12-15
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Cutbirth
 (321) 631-3550
 mcutbirth@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

For this research program, Mainstream will develop a nanocomposite thermal interface material (TIM) combining the benefits of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and cellulose nanofiber (CNF) for use with Navy-relevant power conversion components. The overall goal of the SBIR program is to develop a usable product with the following characteristics: robust to vibration and abrasion, non-permanent bonding, high dielectric strength, and high thermal conductance. Our approach will yield a conformable TIM with a thermal conductivity >20 W/m2-K and dielectric constant <5 while also capable of bridging large gap sizes (>1 mm) without degradation of performance. For the Phase I Base effort, we will produce, characterize, and demonstrate BNNT/CNF TIMs with thermal footprints as large as 8 cm2. The Phase II will focus of refinement of production, scalability, and evaluation using military standard test procedures as well as development of a thermal paste based upon the composition identified during the Phase I effort.

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