Carbon Foam Innovative Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-04-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0385
Amount: $449,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA02-021b
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Drew Spradling
 Ceramic Process Engineer
 (304) 554-5800
 dms@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Touchstone Research Laboratory is currently producing carbon foam in its pilot production facility. In the Phase I feasibility study, Touchstone identified opportunities to reduce the production cycle by combining manufacturing processes. The results indicated that a batch foaming process was optimum and the heat treatment step should be converted to a continuous process. This would lead to a significant reduction in the overall manufacturing cycle as well as lower the capital requirement costs for large volume manufacturing. In the Phase II effort Touchstone will perform production-scale foaming tests and optimization and will design and test a continuous calcining furnace on a pilot-scale. A manufacturing plan will be developed on the results of this effort, which will allow rapid transition into the commercialization phase. MDA will benefit from the increases in the production process that will be achieved in this effort, and this will translate into a lower cost and faster delivery for the CFOAM material. CFOAM has shown great promise as a breakthrough material in the composite tooling industry and will ultimately allow cheaper composites to be manufactured for a host of applications within MDA.

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