ENCAPT Passive Fire Protection System for Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$67,390.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N65538-04-M-0091
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-085-1117
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-085
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
SOFTRONICS LIMITED
6920 Bowman Lane NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028456932
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Mosier
Principal Investigator
(713) 783-8400
benm@softronicsltd.com
Business Contact:
Robert Sternowski
President
(319) 431-0314
bobs@softronicsltd.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
New ship construction will rely more heavily on composite structures, which provide structural strength with light weight, but with increased vulnerability to fire damage. To prevent catastrophic fire damage, Softronics is offering ENCAPT as a lining material for the composite structures to passively protect it from fire damage. ENCAPT was developed and patented by Dr. Benjamin Mosier, Institute for Research, Inc., and Mr. Robert Sternowski, Softronics Ltd., for use as a fireproof insulation panel, and has undergone significant testing in preparation for entering that market. This unique plastic composite material combines a filler with a hybrid phenolic resin to produce a moldable material that has all the key properties for naval use: light weight, Class 1 fireproof (Class 0 with cladding layer), non-flammable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-absorbent, and structurally rigid. The material is easily manufactured with a small capital investment, and thus is ideally suited to limited production runs for a small number of trial ship installations.

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