Nanostructured Sensors for Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$1,450,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-0214
Award Id:
68823
Agency Tracking Number:
04SB1-0476
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Mecham
Vice President of R&D
(540) 953-1785
jmecham@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Richard Claus
President
(540) 953-1785
roclaus@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR program would develop a process for the integration of electrically networked sensors and actuators with physically large composite military structures and platforms. NanoSonic would use its patented electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) process to form elastomeric, electrically conductive patterned interconnects in free-standing plies to allow the interfacing of multiple distributed sensor and actuator elements. ESA involves the layer-by-layer deposition of polymers, nanoclusters and other molecules to form functional thin films with a wide degree of control over multiple constitutive properties. Recent work has demonstrated the ability to control these properties both through the thickness of the film as well as patterned in the plane of the film. Patterned functional films may be co-cured into advanced polymer matrix composites without affecting structural integrity, yielding an integrated multifunctional structural/electronic component. Free-standing network plies may also be applied as decals to the surfaces of composites. During Phase I, NanoSonic would work with major corporate partners and leading research universities to design, fabricate and evaluate the performance of sensor and actuator network-integrated and networked composites. During Phase II, NanoSonic would work with defense industry partners to transition this technology to composite structural platforms to provide mission performance and health monitoring information.

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