Durable, Low Radar Signature Return, Flight Deck Coating System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-06-M-0105
Agency Tracking Number: N053-155-0114
Amount: $69,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-155
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
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
 George Hansen
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
Surface combatant non-skid improvement has received high level attention over the past decade. Limited durability affecting logistical flexibility was recently ranked among the top five issues addressed by Navy PEO Carriers. Most commercially available non-skids utilize volatile organic compounds to achieve the abrasive texture. Solvents have a negative environmental impact and this is an important concern to DoD. Emerging generations of tactical Navy ships continue to press new requirements on non-skid performance. Until now these coatings have been used principally for slip resistance on flight decks, hangers and walkways, and to provide corrosion resistance. However, they have poor to negligible performance with respect to reduced radar signature. Thus, it is a primary objective of this SBIR topic to develop and demonstrate a high-friction, durable marine coating system that provides a low radar signature return for flight decks. This proposal summarizes work to be performed in the adaptation, testing and evaluation of TRI's Tough Grip nonskid coating for use on low observable Naval surface combatants such as the DDX series. Tough Grip has been demonstrated on the USS Kennedy and Truman flight decks, is patented and approved for use by the Navy.

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