Sealant Application Process and Technology Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,933.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-07-C-0236
Agency Tracking Number:
N053-144-0153
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-144
Solicitation Number:
2005.3
Small Business Information
TIAX LLC
15 Acorn Park, Cambridge, MA, 02140
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
111046152
Principal Investigator:
Jacqueline Ashmore
Principal Investigator
(617) 498-5848
ashmore.jacqueline@tiaxllc.com
Business Contact:
Renee Wong
Contracting Officer
(617) 498-5655
wong.renee@tiaxllc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In Phase I of this SBIR contract, "Sealant Application Process and Technology Development," TIAX LLC demonstrated feasibility of a novel method of applying high-viscosity sealants to F-35 Lightning II aircraft seams and fasteners. Our approach addresses the needs of automatically applying a sealant bead without porosity. This proposal for Phase II addresses the difficult problem of practical implementation of the application method. During Phase II our aim is to fabricate and test a looks-like, works-like prototype sealant applicator system. Specifically, the major tasks in Phase II include: (1) Further development of the applicator to meet performance targets specified by the government and Lockheed Martin; (2) Determining suitable device operating parameters for sealants with various viscosities; (3) Reducing the size of the applicator; (4) Developing additional components of the system which support use of the applicator. The probability for success is high owing to the demonstration of feasibility in Phase I; the effective working relationship established between the US Air Force, the US Navy, Lockheed Martin, and TIAX; and our interactions with a leading manufacturer of aerospace sealants and a supplier of sealant for F-35 aircraft.

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