Self-Assembled Integrated Sensor/Actuator Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R248
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0476
Amount: $149,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB041-028
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Mecham
 Research Scientist-Group
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Richard Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Research Institution
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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