Novel Conductive Polymer Skins for Morphing UAVs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5022
Agency Tracking Number: F073-039-1474
Amount: $99,861.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-039
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
19 Blackstone Street, Suite 1, Cambridge, MA, 02139
DUNS: 085502958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Erik S, Handy
 Senior R&D Engineer
 (617) 661-0060
Business Contact
 Hilton Lewis
Title: President
Phone: (617) 661-0060
Research Institution
GVD Corporation (GVD) proposes to develop highly-conductive, thermally-activated shape-memory polymer skins for morphing UAVs. These skins are based on GVD’s novel electrically-conductive polymer technology, which imparts low electrical resistivity to the skins. Conductive skin manufacture is simple, scalable, and easily inserted into current manufacturing processes. Conventional conductive skins suffer from poor mechanical properties and inhomogeneous heating (which leads to skin damage). GVD’s proposed solution preserves the desired deformability of the skin and enables efficient morphing. Further, the electrical properties of the GVD skin are not adversely impacted by significant in-flight deformation. In Phase I, a range of conductive skin formulations will be developed and screened. The most promising candidates will then be selected for mechanical testing to ensure their tolerance of real-world flight conditions. GVD’s conductive skin manufacturing approach will then be optimized in Phase II for prototyping and more rigorous testing in simulated flight environments.

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