Structural Energy Storage in Air Vehicle Structure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-3641
Agency Tracking Number: F061-239-1456
Amount: $99,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-239
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
Long Island High Technology Incubator, 25 Health S, Stony Brook, NY, 11790
Duns: 083265558
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Huey-Daw Wu
 Senior Engineer
 (631) 444-6455
Business Contact
 Jeff Brogan
Title: President
Phone: (631) 444-6455
Research Institution
Technical abstract goes here.We propose the fabrication of large-area multilayer capacitors directly onto aircraft/UAV sur-faces to provide for electrical energy storage. The technology to accomplish this is based on direct-write thermal spray and a plasma-initiated oxidation process to grow very thin (20-50 nm) insulating layers sandwiched between conducting metal plates, all of which can be fabricated using direct-write technology. Also, the same technology can fabricate the electrical interconnects between capacitor devices, this providing for seamless integration, redundancy, and reconfiguration for optimal voltage/current output. This process is repeated to form multilayer devices 30-100 layers thick that can deliver an expected 1-2 farad capacitance per square meter. Importantly, *no* alteration to the core airframe is required: all processing can be done on the pre-existing surfaces with little or no preparation. In this program issues such as capacitance values, voltage and current, and self-discharge times will be addresses, as well as mechanical (weight and stiffness) and integration (actually fabricating energy storage capacitors on an airframe) are addressed at the design phase. A small-scale proof-of-concept demonstration is also anticipated for the Phase I program. The Phase II effort will be directed at transitioning the design concepts developed in the Phase I program to actual airfraft.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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