Development of High-Temperature Aircraft Camouflage Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,996.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-5002
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-127-0956
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
J. Bulluck
Co-Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contract Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
During the reverse thrust landing, areas of the C-17 aircraft become very hot and the current aliphatic polyurethane camouflage coating discolors and delaminates. The uncoated metal is reflective giving the C-17 a clear visual signature and mitigating survivability. In the Phase I effort TRI/Austin developed and tested novel ambient cured, high-temperature resistant, color matched, camouflage coatings for the C-17. These camouflage coatings exhibit exceptional thermal stability and color retention after high-temperature exposure. At 800oC the best new camouflage coating lost only 1.3% by weight. Phase II will focus on further formulation optimization of the unique preceramic camouflage coating and product scale up, thorough field application studies, and laboratory testing. Our preceramic camouflage coatings will exceed the thermal stability and camouflage requirements in the engine vicinity. At the one-year point in the Phase II effort we will conduct a field trial with our camouflage coating on the C-17. This will lead to early commercialization and military deployment during Phase III. These coatings will find application on the C-17 and future high-Mach aircraft. The novel high solids camouflage coatings will result in significant initial savings and life cycle supportability costs. Considerable savings can be also realized on other military and civilian aircraft.

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