Advanced Materials for Submarine Antenna Radomes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,804.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00039-07-C-0136
Award Id:
82763
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-104-0442
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:
M. Berg
Principal Investigator
(540) 953-1785
mberg@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This proposed SBIR program would develop low loss, structural, high performance polymer matrix nanocomposites with controlled permittivity for radome applications. A radome's function is to protect the antenna, modify the impact of the antenna on the hydrodynamics, and the radar cross-section of the mast. However, its impact on the electromagnetic function of the enclosed antenna in free space must be minimized. To meet this challenge, NanoSonic will fabricate and characterize conformal, high performance, low loss polymer matrix nanocomposites with controlled permittivity. With the electrical and mechanical requirements, NanoSonic would build-in advantageous environment material properties. The result is a highly integrated radome panel designed as not only an electromagnetic solution but also as a materials solution with a low-cost, highly reliable, manufacturable product. NanoSonic is uniquely qualified as a small company to construct these materials. Our staff consists of innovative chemical engineers, polymer and inorganic chemists holding advanced degrees, and as engineers with experience in microwave antenna engineering and high frequency materials testing. Our laboratory is fully equipped for polymer and nanoparticle synthesis and has fabrication capabilities to create prototype structures, and our microwave testing equipment includes the capabilities for making in-house measurements for permittivity.

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