Refractory Paint for High Voltage Insulators

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-05-M-0197
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-005-2316
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
ELTRON RESEARCH, INC.
4600 Nautilus Court South, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
029303690
Principal Investigator:
Sara Rolfe
Research Scientist
(303) 530-0263
eltron@eltronresearch.com
Business Contact:
Eileen Sammells
Vice President - Administration
(303) 530-0263
esammells@eltronresearch.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I program will result in a tough refractory paint that adheres to a variety of plastic insulators with complex shapes creating a strong, adherent, refractory coating with optimal surface roughness. The proposed program targets the properties of the vacuum-insulator interface for high voltage applications and has commercial applications in a wide range of electronic and electrical devices and systems including High Power Microwave tubes and high-energy particle accelerators. Plastic insulators with a thin layer of refractory paint will have increased surface flashover voltage and improved strength in high voltage applications. The refractory paint developed within this Phase I opportunity will be easily sprayed onto the surface, cured at a low temperature, and adherent to a wide variety of insulating plastics. The surface roughness of the insulator will be optimized by the inherent roughness of the paint. The vacuum outgassing characteristics and durability of the paint during plasma gun discharges will be identified. Since the refractory paint developed in this Phase I program will be sprayed using commercially available paint sprayers to form uniform films, complex shapes will easily be coated.

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