THE BIODEGRADATION OF FLUOROSILICONE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9188
Amount: $55,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
410 Chipeta Wy - Ste 222, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 GAIL BOWERS-IRONS
 (801) 582-8080
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Research Institution
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Abstract
IMPORTANT IN AIRCRAFT, FLUOROSILICONES ARE WEATHERPROOF, WATER RESISTANT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LONG-LIVED. HOWEVER, THERE ARE NORMAL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INTERVALS DURING WHICH THE AIRCRAFT MUST BE STRIPPED. PRESENTLY, PHENOLIC SOLVENTS, HOT ALKALI METALS, FLUORINE GAS OR CHLORINE TRIFLUORIDE ARE EMPLOYED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SCRAPING. THIS CAN DAMAGE SURFACE AND UNDERLYING COMPOSITE MATERIAL. MICROBIAL DEGRADATION IS A SAFER, MORE EFFICIENT AND INEXPENSIVE TECHNIQUE AND CAN BE TARGET SELECTIVE. TECHNICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES PROPOSES TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF DELIBERATELY BIODEGRADING OR TRANSFORMING THE FULLY CHARACTERIZED AIR FORCE CURED AND UNCURED FLUOROSILICONE ELASTOMERS. DEGRADATION EXPERIMENTS WILL BE RUN IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANALYTICAL AND ENZYMATIC ANALYSIS TO STUDY THE METABOLIC PROCESS. THE RATE AND EXTENT OF THE BIODEGRADABILITY OR TRANSFORMATION WILL BE EVALUATED, EXAMINING CHEMICAL, PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS, IN ORDER TO FULLY OPTIMIZED THE BIOLOGICAL PROCESS.

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