Non-Metallic Conductive Material for ESD/EMI Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-5020
Agency Tracking Number: F083-071-1994
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083C-071
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Nanocomp Technologies Inc.
162 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH, 03301
DUNS: 169169443
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Lashmore
 (603) 442-8992
Business Contact
 John Dorr
Title: VP - Business Development
Phone: (603) 442-8992
Research Institution
Nanocomp proposes to develop a clear understanding of the relationship between the EMI and ESD parameters of BMI (5250-4) and Epoxy (977-3) prepregged very large, ~4 foot by 8 foot panels or rolls. These panels are formed from DWCNT and SWCNT sheets bonded to graphite epoxy or to S glass using a commercial autoclave process. In particular we propose to determine the relationship between insertion loss, in a broad frequency range, of fully composited and optimized panels, and laboratory measurements of sheet material of various areal densities up to 20 g/m2. Sample panels, measured by our aerospace partner, previously produced from our non-prepregged sheets, suggested EMI behavior far exceeding a base material currently used in a commercial application. We suggest that this prepregged material be eventually produced in rolls. To do this we have formed a relationship with a commercial firm expert in the pre-impregnation process. Further we propose to commercially test, for the first time, a proprietary liquid treatment process that has demonstrated very large conductivity increases in the laboratory but has yet to be tested for insertion loss or other EMI/ESD practical tests. BENEFIT: The application of CNT sheet material to replace existing nickel-copper-nickel mesh not only provides a much lighter material, about 5 times, but also offers much better EMI performance. In addition to the weight and performance advantages the material provided by Nanocomp is completely free of carcinogenic nickel or cobalt. The completion of the pre-impregnation process for the BMI and Epoxies of choice will provide a drop-in replacement material that will outperform at less weight the existing base material. Additional benefits include a strength enhancement.

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