Lightweight, inexpensive, corrosion inhibiting integral and/or multi-component ElectroMagnetic Interference (EMI) and environmental seals for Advanced

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-04-C-0072
Agency Tracking Number: N031-1003
Amount: $593,486.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-004
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
METSS CORP.
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
DUNS: 877299446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Bigg
 Senior Engineer
 (614) 797-2200
 dbigg@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase II proposal to develop a "Lightweight, Inexpensive, Corrosion Inhibiting, Integral and/or Multicomponent Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Environmental Seals for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV)" is focused on two important activities. The first is the optimization of the seal material formulation such that it meets all of the Marine's performance and service life requirements. The second activity is to facilitate the commercial manufacture of the seals required to support the EFV production schedule. During Phase I, METSS demonstrated the feasibility of producing an elastomeric seal that meets the electrical and environmental performance requirements for EFV EMI seals, while preventing corrosion of the underlying aluminum substrate materials. The final selection of materials for the seal compound optimized under the Phase II program will depend on the seal design and fabrication methods required to produce the required seals for EFV integration. METSS will work closely with the Marines and General Dynamics to make sure the EMI seal materials developed under the SBIR are compatible with the required seal design(s) and the processing methods needed to facilitate part production for vehicle integration. The Phase II prototype efforts will also support interim sub-system an system level testing and evaluation. The final outcome of the Phase II program will be a source of EMI seals for the EFV that the Marines can reliably use to support the mission profile of this vehicle.

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