Quick Release Appliqué Films

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-5028
Agency Tracking Number: F083-078-1924
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-078
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Small
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 552-5128
Business Contact
 Angela Keen
Title: Senior Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 552-5128
Email: submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
Appliqué films are much more attractive than conventional conformal coatings for current and future aerospace applications. Not only can the appliqué function as a zero VOC top coat, but additional functionality can be built into the appliqué, such as embedded sensors and electronics. A major drawback to appliqués is that their high film adhesion makes removal difficult. Either substantial residue is left behind, or worse, the underlying substrate is damaged. Luna Innovations will build on previous experience in self healing adhesives, multifunctional appliqués, and thermally reversible structural adhesives to create a stimuli reversible adhesive for appliqués. Current materials at Luna exhibit tunable temperature release ranges with very little external heat stimuli. These reversible adhesive formulas, although designed originally for thermal reversibility, will be modified to include removal by electrical current or radio frequency. BENEFIT: Thermally (and other stimuli) reversible adhesive concepts would be directly applicable to thermally repairable composite applications for airframe and space applications, as well as reversible structural adhesives for the transportation, construction, and packaging market. Reversible bonding would also be useful in composite structures where a rapid part interchange is required. These materials would serve as “bolts” and “fasteners” in a sense, but eliminate the point stresses caused by using them in a composite or metal structure. Additionally, eliminating metal bolts in any carbon fiber composite or metal structure will eliminate potential for galvanic corrosion.

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