Fatigue Resistant Wire for Airborne Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,860.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8651-07-C-0142
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-132-3666
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MINNESOTA WIRE & CABLE CO.
1835 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN, 55108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
023797335
Principal Investigator:
Tom Kukowski
Research and Development
(651) 659-6763
TKukowski@mnwire.com
Business Contact:
Tom Ashenbrenner
Manager, Defense Applicat
(651) 659-6760
TAshenbrenner@mnwire.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The gradual degradation of wiring systems in aircraft is a serious concern plaguing the Air Force's aging fleet. It has been observed that the majority of wire breakage problems occur within nine inches of the connector, terminal lug, or other junction. In many cases, the wiring was not properly relieved of strain near the junction points. Traditional wires are by nature inelastic under stress, strain, or vibration - overtime this leads to wire failure. Minnesota Defense proposes a two pronged that 1) develops flexible fatigue resistant wires based on electrically conductive elastic composites loaded with carbon nanotubes 2) Applies nanocomposite coatings to traditional wire structures to create "Smart Wire" that enable Spread Spectrum Time Domain Reflectometry (SSTDM) wire health diagnostic technology solutions for wire Prognostic Health Management (PHM). This research will a 1) result is a highly flexible, durable wire that can withstand substantial strain (> 25%) as a replacement for metal wires and cabling 2) wires that can predict a wire failure integrity of the conducting core is compromised.

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