ENCAPT Passive Fire Protection System for Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0091
Agency Tracking Number: N041-085-1117
Amount: $67,390.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-085
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
6920 Bowman Lane NE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52402
DUNS: 028456932
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Mosier
 Principal Investigator
 (713) 783-8400
Business Contact
 Robert Sternowski
Title: President
Phone: (319) 431-0314
Email: bobs@softronicsltd.com
Research Institution
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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