High-Strength, Controlled Permittivity Composites for Advanced Submarine Radomes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66001-09-C-1011
Agency Tracking Number: N071-104-0442
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-104
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
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
 Michelle Berg
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
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 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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