Innovative Structural Joining Concepts and Analysis Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-3632
Agency Tracking Number: F061-234-3585
Amount: $99,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-234
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
1232 Mizzen Drive, Okemos, MI, 48864
DUNS: 015442887
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anagi Balachandra
 Project Manager
 (517) 485-9583
Business Contact
 Farangis Jamzadeh
Title: Vice President
Phone: (517) 485-9583
Research Institution
A new joining principle is proposed where a massive number of physical and mechanical bonds between responsive nanostructured constituents bridge the (rough) joining surfaces. Recent advances in nanostructured materials, linked supramolecular systems and directed self-assembly techniques provide the technological basis for developemnt of the proposed joining mechanism. The new joining principle has been inspired by the formation of double-helices (e.g., DNA) in nature, where a massive number of physical (hydrogen) bonds provide for strong adherence of the two nanohelices. Our approach employs the directed self-assembly technique to deposit functional nanohelices as aligned, compact and well-adhered deposits onto surfaces. External stimuli will be used to engage the nanohelices on opposite surfaces, generating a massive number of physical and mechanical bonds for effective joining of the two surfaces. The proposed Phase I research will validate the double-helix joining concept through development, characterization and preliminary modeling of double-helix joints between selected composite surfaces.

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