Development of High-Temperature Aircraft Camouflage Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5006
Agency Tracking Number: F041-127-0956
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-127
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bulluck
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
New thermally and visually stable camouflage coatings are needed for the C-17 and other aircraft programs. Over 75% of the hazardous wastes generated by the Air Force are directly related to the painting/depainting process. TRI/Austin proposes the development of unique preceramic coatings that will exceed the thermal stability requirements in the engine vicinity, providing camouflage for C-17, and other new aircraft. To accomplish this TRI/Austin will use a lucid experimental design approach to optimize the thermally stable camouflage coating compositions. We will characterize the performance on selected MIL-PRF-85285C and supplementary testing. These preceramic camouflage coating formulations will incorporate new resin materials and custom camouflage pigments. Only recently have these new preceramic resins become commercially available. Phase II will focus on further optimization of the new preceramic camouflage coating and product scale up, thorough field application studies, and laboratory testing. This will lead to early commercialization and military deployment during Phase III. These new high solids camouflage coatings will result in significant initial savings and life cycle supportability costs. Increased savings will be realized due to reduced waste, decreased production time, decreased labor expenses, and lower maintenance costs. Considerable savings can be also realized on other military and civilian aircraft.

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