Intumescent Material Passive Fire Protection Technique for Aircraft Engine Nacelle

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,759.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9200-06-C-0247
Award Id:
78948
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-292-0834
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 Investigator
(512) 263-2101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administration
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I proposal responds to the USAF's critical need to develop universal, new and innovative, fireblock materials or technologies for thermal isolation of the engine nacelle area. Texas Research Institute Austin proposes to build our previously successful work with preceramic coatings to develop a new class of fireblock materials. Upon exposure to fire, this new coating in conjunction with a high temperature intumescing compound swells into a tough, durable, insulating char that extinguishes burning, depriving the area of oxygen. We will develop unique and new adducts of the preceramic binder. Presently, the commercially available intumescent coatings blow at an insufficiently low temperature for application in the engine area. The purpose of this endeavor is to develop new protective and fireblocking compositions, imparting unique and vastly improved flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST) characteristics. We will demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach through extensive testing including, fire, smoke, char stability, airflow, thermoanalytical, fluid resistance, and structural investigations. The proposed unique flame retardant preceramic coating binders are very new materials, just finding applications within the last five years. Improved fire and heat resistance for the nacelle region will translate into saving warfighters and engines.

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