Low-Cost Self-Assembly Technique for a Fully-Integrated Light-Weight Metal RubberT Corrosion Sensor System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,999.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-07-C-0275
Award Id:
82570
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-038-0510
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:
A. Hill
Director of Program Development
(540) 953-1785
ahill@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NanoSonic proposes to develop a durable fully-integrated nanostructured sensor to detect surface-related phenomena, such as wear/corrosion, of military aircraft; specifically, a Metal Rubber(TM) corrosion detection system. Metal RubberT (MRT) is a multifunctional nanostructured material that can have high electrical-conductivity, low-modulus, and low mass-density. NanoSonic plans to integrate the non-invasive MRT sensor system onto aircraft structures to detect chemical modifications and microstructural breakdown from corrosion. The in-situ MRT corrosion detection system would be fully-integrated onto the aircraft surface as a coating or conformal applique for a self-assessing "smart" coating system that would reduce timely visual inspections, thus reducing system maintenance costs and improving the overall safety. NanoSonic has established techniques to control multiple constitutive material properties in coatings and free-standing materials using molecular layer-by-layer ESA processes, by varying the type, size, and structure of incorporated molecules. This low-cost method would be used to fabricate conformal corrosion sensor materials that could be applied on existing structural components as coatings or appliques. MRTM sensors and interconnect elements may be incorporated into the coating (or applique) via patterning to allow for a wire-free, in-situ corrosion detection system. Integrating co-located interconnected RF circuits would allow for remote RF mapping of the aircraft surface structural properties.

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