Functionally Reinforced Nanocomposite for Structural High Energy Density Capacitors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-08-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: A052-036-1806
Amount: $729,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-036
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
3921 Academy Parkway North, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
DUNS: 055145320
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kirk Slenes
 Principal Investigator
 (505) 342-4437
Business Contact
 H. Stoller
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (505) 342-4412
Research Institution
Future electromagnetic armor and gun systems will rely on large quantities of capacitive pulse power. At present, these capacitors represent a significant contribution to size and weight on mobile platforms, limiting their deploy-ability and strategic responsiveness. One method of minimizing mass and volume is to utilize capacitors as structural components. Significant savings could be achieved with capacitors engineered to carry structural loads so that vehicle structural components could be replaced with load-bearing, capacitive elements. TPL proposes the Phase II development of a structural, high energy density capacitor for electromagnetic weapons systems by applying a novel composite dielectric technology to an innovative capacitor design. The successful Phase I effort established the necessary groundwork for the proposed program. Materials and processes were identified and performance validated relative to the Army’s expectations for a structural capacitor. The objective of the Phase II program will be a full-scale demonstration of the structural capacitor technology for EM power applications. Process development will be performed on subscale capacitors in effort to optimize and confirm all electrical and mechanical characteristics. Fabrication processes will be scaled to provide a performance demonstration on 10 kJ prototypes.

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