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Durable & Removable Mast Appliqués for Tunable Radio Frequency Absorption

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0431
Agency Tracking Number: N181-087-0505
Amount: $2,146,789.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N181-087
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-08-30
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Adam Goff
 PI/Senior Research Scientist
 (434) 220-2513
Business Contact
 Michael Pruzan
Phone: (540) 769-8430
Research Institution

US Navy submarines use masts such as Lockheed’s OE-538/BRC Multifunction Communication Mast Antenna System to communicate. Although these are highly effective, a main drawback to their use is that they can be detected by enemy radar. A prospective solution would be the application of material over existing masts that can be tuned to keep any desired band open for communication while maximally absorbing all other frequencies. This material must be environmentally stable to temperature/pressure changes, salt corrosion, and humidity. Additionally, since the mast assembly cannot be removed, the coating/material must be applied on the submarine.Luna proposes a multilayer adhesive appliqué, with different sheets tuned to specific open frequency bands. The individual layers will contain tunable fillers and/or structures to maximally absorb unwanted frequencies while retaining the desired frequency band open. The outer layer(s) will provide environmental and mechanical protection in marine environments. For the Phase II program Luna will combine experimental simulations, material synthesis, and radar cross-section/absorption testing, with the primary goal of scaling-up and demonstrating desired passband and absorption band performance on radome sub-sections.

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