Innovative Manufacturing Processes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-04-C-0091
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0303
Amount: $747,989.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA02-021
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
150 Dow Street Tower Two, Manchester, NH, 03101
DUNS: 009254546
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Dignam
 Vice President
 (603) 624-9197
 dignam@mentissciences.com
Business Contact
 John Dignam
Title: Vice President
Phone: (603) 624-9197
Email: dignam@mentissciences.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The focus of the Phase I SBIR effort, SMDC Contract DASG60-03-C-0093, was to initiate a study of this same material for different RF frequencies, specifically, X-Band. The preliminary results are very promising. Purposely, MSI utilized its core competencies to develop a viable X-band candidate solution and leapfrogged the bulk of the material properties analysis to evaluate the electrical stability of the laminate at 1000°F. The electrical results are outstanding. Initial electrical tests at Raytheon's Rapid Heating Electrical Test Apparatus (RHETA) proved successful and reports indicate that an electrically stable laminate has been developed. The Bulk Permittivity (e) of MSI's test coupons for a half-wave laminate from 11< f >13 GHz were measured to be 3.45 +/- 0.01; less than 1-½% variation at 1000°F for up to 90 seconds. Tests timed out after this duration. Loss tangent measurements were also found to be very stable under these test conditions and were measured at 0.008 +/- 0.001. The objective of this follow-on phase for the program is to generate a materials database that outlines the operating parameters of this laminate configuration, for specific X-band systems, such as AMRAAM, and Standard Missile.

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