Rapidly Emplaced Devices to Attach Sensors/Demolitions to Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-06-C-0114
Agency Tracking Number: A043-020-0617
Amount: $729,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-020
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
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
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
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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