Fire-resistant, Spray-on Elastomers for Blast Protection Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-04-M-0069
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-082-0717
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-082
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
EIC LABORATORIES, INC.
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
076603836
Principal Investigator:
Michael Gilbert
Senior Scientist
(781) 769-9450
gilbert@eiclabs.com
Business Contact:
R. Rauh
President
(781) 769-9450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The development of spray-on, fire-resistant coatings to minimize blast damage and contain fragmentation products from accidental or deliberate shipboard explosions is proposed. The coatings are based on elastomeric polymers containing toughening and fire-retardant additives. In Phase I, several polymer systems will be evaluated with the objective of down-selecting to a coating suitable for scale-up in a Phase II effort. The relative performance of the coatings will be evaluated by ballistic testing (MIL-STD-662F) and by fire retardant and thermal properties measurements using Intermediate Scale Calorimetry (ICAL) ASTM E 1623-01 and ASTM 162-02a flame spread measurements. For these measurements, the coatings will be applied to 3/8" thick DH36 steel plate which is extensively used for internal bulkheads on vessels such as the DDG 51. A Phase I Option for the development of a 100% solids spray-on formulation is also proposed. The Phase II effort would address the refinement of polymer and additive chemistries to optimize blast protection and fire retardant properties, scale-up to large-area coatings, color options and coating repair.

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