Carbon Foam Composites for EMI-Shielded Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-05-P-0994
Agency Tracking Number: F051-270-2023
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF05-270
Solitcitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
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
 Jesse Blacker
 Research Engineer
 (304) 547-5800
 jmb@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President, COO
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Touchstone Research Laboratory proposes to investigate use of a CFOAM core in a sandwich panel configuration for an all-composite, low-cost, lightweight, EMI-shielded Rigid Wall Relocatable Structure (RWRS). Carbon foam offers excellent EMI shielding properties due to its high electrical conductivity. An all-composite shelter would eliminate metallic components that are susceptible to environmental and chemical corrosion and their associated maintenance burden, while requiring fewer air-lift resources for transporting and having improved operational characteristics compared to similar metal/composite structures. The Phase I effort will develop a carbon foam composite panel for use in a sandwich panel for application in rigid wall shelters that will meet all critical requirements, develop a requirements test plan and engineer the processes and materials needed to manufacture a shelter to ensure low cost. Phase II will focus on designing, building, and testing a prototype demonstration of a carbon foam composite Rigid Wall Relocatable Structure.

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