Lightweight Sandwich Structure Panels for Space Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F29601-02-C-0204
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0820
Amount: $69,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rick Lucas
 Program Manager
 (304) 547-5800
 rdl@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"The U.S. Navy is striving to find ways to build more ships for the same dollar and at the same time improve performance. This requires lower ship acquisition and life cycle costs. To achieve these goals, the Navy and its shipbuilders have implementedvarious initiatives, many under the domain of "Lean Manufacturing." The goal is to lower Navy ship acquisition and life cycle costs and simultaneously improve American shipyards' ability to compete internationally. The Navy has identified the need for newtechnology and manufacturing/installation methods for joiner panels, the walls that divide spaces on ships. Touchstone Research has developed a new material, carbon foam, which is an ideal replacement for the current steel, aluminum, and graphite epoxywall material. Touchstone will work with Newport News Shipyard to develop new joiner panel concepts using carbon foam and determine the potential material and labor cost savings to the Navy. Initial research indicates carbon foam wall material will be halfthe current acquisition cost. Touchstone's carbon foam may one day be used on Navy ships for radar absorption, EMI shielding, and blast deflectors on Navy ships and commercially in the housing industry. The Carbon Foam lightweight joiner panel researchwill result in lower ship acquisition and life cycle costs through the introduction of this new material technology. The technology will lend itself to improved ship installation practices in

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