Refractory Paint for High Voltage Insulators

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-05-M-0197
Agency Tracking Number: F051-005-2316
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-005
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
4600 Nautilus Court South, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 029303690
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sara Rolfe
 Research Scientist
 (303) 530-0263
Business Contact
 Eileen Sammells
Title: Vice President - Administration
Phone: (303) 530-0263
Research Institution
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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