Innovative Structural Joining Concepts and Analysis Techniques

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-3632
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-234-3585
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-234
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
TECHNOVA CORPORATION
1232 Mizzen Drive, Okemos, MI, 48864
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
015442887
Principal Investigator:
Anagi Balachandra
Project Manager
(517) 485-9583
tchnv@aol.com
Business Contact:
Farangis Jamzadeh
Vice President
(517) 485-9583
nvnco@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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