Hybrid Super-Elastometric Seal

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41341
Amount: $99,793.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12401 West 49th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Cary R. Clark
 (303) 420-1141
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
ITN Energy Systems proposes herein an innovative, new, HYBRID SUPER-ELASTOMETRIC COMPRESSION SEAL for reliable, long life sealing of shipboard horizontal surfaces. Specifically, our concept comprises; Superelastic Shape Memory Alloy core to provide sealing force, Embedded in optimized Elastomer which provides mechanical conformance and survives environments. The function of a seal is simply to prevent leakage of a fluid. Shipboard applications typically use an elastomeric seal confined between two metalic surfaces. Unfortunatly, conventional elastomer seals are prone to leakage due to: Unrecoverable strain (compression set) reduces sealing force; Wear and environmental deradation- formation of leak path INT's Super-Elastomeric Seal concept promises long-life, reliable sealing: Shape memory provides large recoverable strains -maintains high sealing force (no compression set) Elastomer optimized to survive environments and wear Design de-couples seal force requirement from elastomer sealing function.

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