Significant Improvements in High Temperature Resins for Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Boost and Orbit Transfer Composite Cases

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F04611-02-M-0027
Agency Tracking Number: 021PRO-2638
Amount: $99,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
18237 Mt. Baldy Circle, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708
DUNS: 032098324
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Lichtenhan
 (714) 962-0303
Business Contact
 Carl Hagstrom
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (714) 962-0303
Research Institution
"Nanoreinforcements based upon POSS Nanostructured Chemicals offer alternate mechanisms to increasing the glass transition of high performance polymers. The two primary mechanisms provided by nanoreinforcements are (i) reduced chain mobility via increasingchain stiffness and (ii) reduced chain mobility via confinement of the polymer chains. The objective of this Phase I SBIR proposal is to utilize the fundamental properties of POSSr nanotechnology to provide a new Tg performance level for bismaleimideresins while maintaining their desirable processability and utility in composites. Nanostructured Chemicals based upon Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS) will be utilized along with nanodimensioned clay nanoreinforcements.. POSSr-olefinmonomers and POSSr-imide resins will be substituted for the standard diallybisphenol A curatives and for the bismaleimide resins currently used in commercial bismaleimide (BMI) systems. Additionally POSS-modified nanodimensioned clays will be incorporatedinto the POSS-BMI resins to improve their thermal and mechanical properties. The effect these nanostructures have upon the properties of BMI resins will be investigated relative to the type of nanoreinforcement and it's loading level. The physical,mechanical, and handling properties of these nanocomposites will be examined and compared to current materials. By the conclusion of Phase I a down selection to one nanocomposite formulations wi

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