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Durable. Textured, Thermoplastic Coatings for External Drum Dynamometers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-19-P-0018
Agency Tracking Number: F182-023-0731
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-023
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-29
Small Business Information
130 North Main Street, Butte, MT, 59701
DUNS: 836287680
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eduard Stefanescu, PhD
 (406) 497-5227
Business Contact
 Lawrence Farrar
Phone: (406) 497-5252
Research Institution
The U.S. Air Force is interested in the development of a texture coating application method to produce simulated runway surface coatings that can survive on external drum dynamometers during aircraft tire/wheel/brake testing. Resodyn Corporation proposes the development of pavement-like coatings (PLC) suitable for Polymer Thermal Spray (PTS) deposition in order to address the U.S. Air Forces need under consideration. The PLC textured material will be based on a thermoplastic polymer binder loaded with select aggregates of predetermined sizes and shapes. It is envisioned that the polymer binder will be based on strong and affordable polyether-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that has a proven affinity for metallic substrates. The aggregates will range from crushed sandstone to limestone. The PLC textured coating will exhibit microroughness and macroroughness coefficients similar to those characterizing traditional flexible runways and will be capable to strongly adhere to steel surfaces, such as external drum steel flywheels. Due to the thermoplastic nature of the binder, the PLC material will be totally repairable and/or removable using the PTS process.

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