Lightweight Durable Intumescent Paint

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,970.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-5809
Award Id:
72955
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-118-0230
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:
John Bulluck
Principal Scientist
(512) 263-2101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The USAF has a critical need for innovative, low observable, flame and heat resistant coatings for composite aircraft structures. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. proposes to build on our previous successful work with preceramic coatings to develop a new class of fire retardant, low observable intumescent coatings. Upon exposure to fire, this new coating swells into a tough, durable, insulating char that extinguishes burning and protects the underlying composite substrate. Our preceramic binder does not burn; it converts to a ceramic. Presently, commercially available intumescent coatings do not provide the adequate heat and fire protection required in the solicitation. The purpose of the proposed program is to develop new protective coatings that can be applied over composite aircraft structures and impart unique and vastly improved flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST) characteristics to the composite. Our approach uses novel materials, including preceramic binders, intumescing agents, RAM fillers, and glass microspheres. The proposed new flame retardant preceramic coating binders are very new materials, with revolutionary application possibilities emerging within the last few years.

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