Rapidly Emplaced Devices to Attach Sensors/Demolitions to Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,994.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W15QKN-06-C-0114
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-020-0617
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
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
John Bulluck
Principal Investigator
(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
Our soldiers require new methods of attachment for munitions and sensors to unprepared and wet surfaces. Currently a variety of objects: magnets, anchors, shelves, tape, and adhesives are used in surveillance and demolition operations. All these methods of attachment have severe limitations. TRI/Austin proposes the further development of adhesives are extraordinarily insensitive to water, tolerant of unprepared surfaces, offer extremely rapid cure (20 to 30 seconds), and excellent bond strength. In Phase I the versatility of the new adhesives was demonstrated, quickly bonding three to four pound loads to unprepared concrete, aged brick, adobe, painted surfaces, aluminum, mild steel, and many others. In Phase II TRI/Austin will use an experimental design approach to optimize the Phase I adhesive compositions. We will demonstrate the adhesive performance on selected ASTM, internally developed, and supplementary adhesive testing. Testing will be conducted with as received, contaminated, and wet adherends. This is a unique new class of rapid load carrying adhesives. The Phase II will focus on optimization of the new adhesive, product scale up, thorough field application studies, and laboratory testing. This will lead to early commercialization and military deployment during Phase III. These new adhesives will provide cost savings and improved performance.

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