Multifunctional Erosion Resistant Icephobic Appliqu¿s for Rotorblades

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CA64P
Agency Tracking Number: 074521
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: A2.10
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Nanosonic, Inc.
1485 South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060-5556
Duns: 00896
Hubzone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike Bortner
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 953-1785
 mbortner@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The purpose of this Phase I NASA SBIR program is to develop high performance multifunctional nanostructured materials that can be used to fabricate icephobic multifunctional appliqués with enhanced erosion resistance for rotorcraft leading edges. The proposed technology offers integrated multifunctionality that results in reduction of weight, system complexity, maintenance, and cost over current systems. Prevention of ice buildup will facilitate mission critical operations in icing conditions, as well as mitigate concerns of vibration transmission and shudder that are associated with ice buildup. Integration of additional erosion resistant composites may also result in reduced maintenance costs. Electrothermal systems are currently used for anti-icing systems in rotorcraft, but are prone to failure due to system complexity. To mitigate the problems associated with current anti-icing systems, NanoSonic proposes to develop multifunctional adhesive backed appliqués with integrated hydrophobicity and enhanced erosion resistance. High performance tapes are currently applied to rotorcraft leading edges to help improve erosion resistance. Integrating multiple functionalities into a high performance nanocomposite appliqué would result in reduction of weight and system complexity, facilitate operation in icing conditions, and reduce maintenance on the rotorblades. For minimal maintenance and application cost, a new appliqué can be readily placed on the rotorblade leading edge when the existing appliqué has exhausted its functionality.

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