Innovative Approaches For Light Weight Optically Transparent Energy Dispersing Composite Structural Windscreens

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0337
Agency Tracking Number: N074-012-0262
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T012
Solicitation Number: N/A
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
 Mike Dingus
 Principal Investigator/Scientist
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
 Jon J Nieberding
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
 (937) 229-2919
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
A new aircraft transparency material is needed to improve impact resistance while reducing the weight of current transparencies, including windscreens, canopies, and windows. TRI/Austin proposes to develop an optically clear laminate system applicable to numerous NAVAIR platforms. Investigations of optical reinforcements will focus on the successful implementation of nanoscale polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) and glass ribbons into commercially available transparent resin systems such as polycarbonate, PMMA, and transparent epolxy. These materials will be compounded and optimized to develop an effective dissipater of impact, such as bird strikes. TRI/Austin will explore the benefits of these reinforcements including increased impact toughness, mechanical properties, and glass transition temperature. A reduction in bulk density is expected with the POSS reinforcements. Structural windscreen supports may be reduced or eliminated due to the advantages realized with new transparency materials. Phase I testing will confirm the improved critical properties and provide the basis for further qualification and implementation onto airframe prototype structures in Phase II.

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