Ice Phobic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-01-M-5605
Agency Tracking Number: 011ML-0210
Amount: $99,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
170 Donmoor Ct, Garner, NC, 27529
DUNS: 017627097
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Simendinger
 Chief Technical Officer
 (919) 662-0401
Business Contact
 Kenneth Wisehart
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (540) 839-6600
Research Institution
After four years of research, MicroPhase Coatings has invented a breakthrough silicone-silicate technology. Preliminary tests indicate that the coating is ice-phobic and meets requirements for aviation use. During Phase I we prove: (a) feasibility of usingthe coating to prevent ice buildup in B-2 engine inlets, and (b) compatibility with B-2 systems and Low Observable materials. During Phase I we refine the technology and select the optimum formulation. We conduct LO compatibility assessments; AFM/SEMMorphology studies; Ice Adhesion measurements;GC/FTIR analysis of High Temperature Gases; and Contact Angle Measurements. We conclude with Icing Wind Tunnel tests, Sand Abrasion, and Water Erosion tests at an internationally recognized aviation icing testing facility. This project will be conducted bya technical and management team that is accomplished in the development and introduction of high technology into the aerospace marketplace. Internal capabilities are augmented by internationally recognized expert consultants, companies, andacademia.Anticipated benefits and commercial applications are immense. They are listed in increasing order of potential impact: (1) suitable for eliminating engine ice damage in the B-2; (2) suitable in other engine inlets; (3) supplement to activeairframe de-icing systems, allowing them to be smaller, lighter weight, and use less power; (4) a stand-alone passive anti-icing system. Commercial applications of this potentially breakthrough technology also extend to non-aircraft surfaces where ice canbe a problem, such as antennas and power transmission lines and equipment. Our partners for follow-on phases include aircraft manufacturers, de-icing system vendors, FAA, NASA and DoD. Upon successful Phase I, private and federal funding for follow-on R&Dare assured.

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