Multifunctional Metal RubberTM Super-NanoComposites for Missile Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7748
Agency Tracking Number: B063-043-0548
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA06-043
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J.H. Lalli
 VP of Business Development
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Research Institution
NanoSonic would produce lightweight (< 0.98 g/cc), ablation resistant, rad hard, EMI shielding (-70 dB), inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites with ultra-high thermal stability (> 450 C). NanoSonic is the only manufacturer of Metal Rubber¢â nanostructured yet macroscale (8' x 4') films and conformal coatings for large defense platforms (i.e., missiles, topside plies for ships, and advanced inceptor structures such as MKV, EKV and THAAD etc.) requiring nuclear, thermal and electrical protection with controlled electromagnetic properties. Such multifunctional super nanocomposites are achieved via the self-assembly of metal nanoparticles (for shielding and radiation hardening) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (for high thermal conductivity and mechanical stiffness) with NanoSonic's high performance tailored copolymers. Novel polymer backbones with complexing sites yield conformal casing materials with control over dielectric strength and thermal stability via excellent adhesion to the nanoparticle; and to the missile substrates, thereby mitigating corrosion. Such materials result in nanocomposites with extremely homogenous dispersions; hence even heat dissipation and reliable performance. NanoSonic's Metal RubberTM; a revolutionary self-healing, elastomeric conductor (bulk resistivity = 2 x 10-5 Ohm∙cm) that can be repeatedly strained to more than 1000% elongation while maintaining electrical conductivity would be optimized with Lockheed Martin MS2 to increase the TRL for KV structures.

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