A Self-Monitoring, Ultra-High Strength Lightweight Polymer Nanocomposite

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-02-M-5041
Award Id:
58986
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0924
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10960 N. Stallard Place, Tucson, AZ, 85737
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787636778
Principal Investigator:
Ali Boufelfef
Scientist
(520) 575-8013
boufelfel@sigmalabs.com
Business Contact:
Angelo Yializis
President
(520) 575-8013
yializis@sigmalabs.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Based on Sigma Technologies expertise in the formulation of polymer composites on an industrial scale for a wide variety of applications, and on recent findings about the superior mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes, we propose a solvent freeeconomical process for making large area composites with two exeptional properties, (a) tensile and impact strengths orders of magnitude higher than state of the art, and (b) self monitoring capabilities, that is cracks and structure degradation aredetected immedialtely after their appearance. This new generation of polymer composites will provide a much needed additional protection for law enforcement personnel and equipment. These materials are also expected to find applications in a wide varietyof industries that include sports, aerospace, and automobile.

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