Sealant Application Process and Technology Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0120
Agency Tracking Number: N053-144-0153
Amount: $149,293.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-144
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
DUNS: 111046152
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jacqueline Ashmore
 Technologist
 (617) 498-5848
 ashmore.jacqueline@TIAXLLC.com
Business Contact
 Renee Wong
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (617) 498-5655
Email: wong.renee@TIAXLLC.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Sealants are currently applied manually to aircraft which is a time-consuming process that results in unwanted variation in sealant thickness and quality, making a controlled and reliable automated application method extremely advantageous. We propose novel technology for spraying to deliver a controlled high-speed jet of sealant droplets, which will impact and adhere to the surface to be coated. Three fabrication issues which are particularly important in the design process are (i) keeping the spray head small to enable sealant to be applied to target surfaces in confined spaces, (ii) making the application process rapid, and (iii) generating a uniform sealant bead, and we explain how our proposed design satisfies these criteria. We choose a spray method which minimizes nonuniformity in the sealant bead, and additionally propose evaluation of post-processing methods to increase the bead quality after application. The TIAX approach combines successful methods for handling highly viscous materials with spray delivery which is currently used for less viscous fluids. We present our approach and discuss the construction of the device. The proposal also includes a description of a number of features which ensure that the device is reliable, robust, and easy to use.

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