Novel Conductive Polymer Skins for Morphing UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,861.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-5022
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-039-1474
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF073-039
Small Business Information
GVD CORP.
19 Blackstone Street, Suite 1, Cambridge, MA, 02139
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
085502958
Principal Investigator
 Erik S, Handy
 Senior R&D Engineer
 (617) 661-0060
 erik@gvdcorp.com
Business Contact
 Hilton Lewis
Title: President
Phone: (617) 661-0060
Email: hilton@gvdcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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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