SBIR Phase I: Polymer Alloy Seal

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$92,950.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637751
Award Id:
84619
Agency Tracking Number:
0637751
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
100 HOBSON DR, #218, HOCKESSIN, DE, 19707
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
033306643
Principal Investigator:
JohnLong
PhD
(302) 235-8048
long@kubotaresearch.com
Business Contact:
JohnLong
PhD
(302) 235-8048
long@kubotaresearch.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a polymer alloy material and sealing process using high-speed near-infrared radiation welding, to form a waterproof bond in the assembly of proton exchange membrane and direct methanol fuel cells. A key objective of the proposed work is to screen candidate polymers to formulate alloy seals with maximum sealing bonding strength and optimum resistance to chemical and mechanical degradation. The proposed sealing material and welding process will provide a path for new high efficiency fuel cell manufacturing technology. The proposed technology will provide the flexibility to weld alloy seals at needed locations to produce a unitized fuel cell structure; thereby, reducing the number of individual components and assembly steps, increasing quality and reducing costs. Additionally, the infrared welding process will lend itself to high speed automated manufacturing.

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