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RF Polymers for Integrated Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: DAAH0102CR052
Agency Tracking Number: 01SB2-0032
Amount: $98,941.00
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
Post Office Drawer 719, 735 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
United States
DUNS: 062090113
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Kent
 Senior Engineer
 (937) 429-9261
Business Contact
 Scot Fries
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 963-8761
Research Institution

Polymer composites have had an important role in radio frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave (mm-wave) engineering. These materials offer good mechanical and electrical properties. However, the excellent properties of conventional polymercomposites are not ideal for use at RF frequencies. Recent innovations in polymer composite engineering has provided the possibility for engineered materials with tailored mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties.The goal of this proposed research project is the investigation of potential polymer composites that exhibit magnetic properties and to find specific applications in integrated RF apertures. Computational electromagnetic tools will be adapted for thiseffort and exercised to determine electrical properties for an example aperture and an extensive literature search will be conducted concerning the modification of electrical and especially magnetic properties. The MRC team has expertise in all aspects ofthe proposed project including military RF applications, computational electromagnetics, composite polymer engineering, and microwave-grade ferromagnetic materials.In the proposed Phase I effort, the MRC team will identify optimal polymer and magnetic materials. In addition, optimal material properties will be defined, and a proof-of-concept research program including coupon fabrication, property testing, andaperture design/fabrication/testing will be proposed for Phase II. A new class of integrated apertures using ferrite loaded composite materials will have many applications in both military and commercial communications, wireless, and RF systems. Sharedapertures, wideband applications, as well as new types of low cost, lightweight antennas with low physical or conformal profile have a large potential market in wireless network environment. MRC will vigorously pursue all potential applications of theantenna and systems technologies resulting from a successful result of the proposed research.

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