Design and Manufacture of a Structurally Integrated Metamaterial Antenna (1000-122)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-09-C-0052
Agency Tracking Number: N073-184-0160
Amount: $749,981.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-184
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
SI2 Technologies
267 Boston Road, North Billerica, MA, 01862
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Fusco
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 495-5300
 tfusco@si2technologies.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Kunze
Title: President
Phone: (978) 495-5300
Email: jkunze@si2technologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SI2 Technologies, Inc. (SI2) will use its Direct Write and metamaterial technologies to continue development of an electrically small, structurally integrated, conformal metamaterial antenna. The Phase I effort successfully demonstrated the feasibility of an electrically small antenna with an increased efficiency/bandwidth product. A structurally integrated Direct Write printed metamaterial antenna will minimize the space and weight impact to the platform by eliminating the parasitic packaging and structure associated with conventional antenna systems. The proposed Phase II base and option efforts will leverage the Phase I results to design and manufacture an efficient wideband antenna, such that it can be structurally integrated with advanced composites used on Navy platforms such as N-UCAS. The proposed concept utilizes several novel metamaterial miniaturization technologies and leverages SI2’s proprietary conformal electronics manufacturing technology to structurally integrate the metamaterial antenna system. Electromagnetic performance of the metamaterial antenna will be demonstrated through state of the art modeling and simulation. Manufacturability and structural integration of the engineered materials and antenna will be established through the design and manufacture of hardware demonstrators. Testing of the demonstrators will validate the simulation and the metamaterial antenna’s performance.

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