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Novel CORIN Materials and Advanced Coating Processes for Space Environment Polybenzoxazole Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-5019
Agency Tracking Number: O043-C17-1142
Amount: $99,438.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD04-C17
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-02-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-02-10
Small Business Information
130 Lakeshore Drive
Madison, AL 35758
United States
DUNS: 151305088
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Gierow
 (256) 461-8684
Business Contact
 Paul Gierow
Title: President
Phone: (256) 461-8684
Research Institution

Deployable space structures are becoming increasingly important assets for use in the battlefield. Communications, global positioning, unmanned air vehicles and tracking and surveillance of enemy troops are creating an enormous demand for space borne assets. Structures that can package efficiently meet many of the needs of creating larger apertures for the high bandwidth military missions. We propose to demonstrate a novel high temperature dyed Colorless Organic/Inorganic Nanocomposite polyimide (CORIN) material. The material will be synthesized for coating PBO fibers and sheets to prevent VUV, UV, and AO degradation. The base polyimide has been successfully flight qualified, and transitioned for products on NASA, DoD and commercial satellite communications structures. Phase I results will be to demonstrate a scaleable process for applying coating materials to Polybenzoxazole fibers. Mechanical quantification of the material coating will be performed to demonstrate the adhesion of the polymer to the fiber during repeated cyclic stress and thermal loading. A key aspect of the proposed effort is transition of the coating process from a laboratory scale to production oriented processes. Our process will be demonstrated in Phase I for coating fiber and yarn materials to be scaled to production level processes in Phase II.

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