High-Temperature Integral Tank Sealant

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-5604
Award Id:
72997
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-138-0367
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
R. Moore
Co-Principal Investigtors
(512) 263-2101
ghansen@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Air Force has a long history of utilizing integral fuel tank technology as a mechanism for lowering weight and extending flight range and payload of its aircraft. A critical element in the use of these fuel tanks is that they be well sealed to the airframe. These elastomeric seals have been a continual source of leak and degradation problems that have resulted in expensive maintenance and significant aircraft downtime. Sealant materials developed to date do not meet the requirements for high temperature fuel resistance combined with high strength and toughness required by the new generation of military aircraft. TRI/Austin is proposing to meet this need with a new type of tough, high adhesion polymer that can be formulated into a sealant that will be applied to integral fuel tanks using current processes. This polymer is expected to provide excellent inherent fuel resistance along with good strength and toughness, low and high temperature flexibility and adhesion, and good heat resistance in air and fuel vapors.

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