Novel Low Temperature Coating Method for Environment-Resistant Coatings on Polymers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-5017
Agency Tracking Number:
O043-C17-1248
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD04-C17
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Small Business Information
ULTRAMET
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052405867
Principal Investigator:
Jason Babcock
Research Scientist
(818) 899-0236
jason.babcock@ultramet.com
Business Contact:
Craig Ward
Engineering Administrative Manager
(818) 899-0236
craig.ward@ultramet.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Polybenzoxazole polymers, including polyphenylenebenzobisoxazole (PBO) in particular, are under development for use in a wide variety of aerospace applications due to their remarkable tensile strength, modulus, and flame resistance. These materials are of particular interest due to their high strength-to-weight ratio, which allows for a dramatic weight savings when replacing conventional structures. This is particularly significant for in-space applications such as satellites. Satellite components are exposed to potentially damaging impingements, such as ultraviolet (UV) light, atomic oxygen, and fast-moving particles. There is a need for PBO coatings that can increase the functional lifetime of the polymer in the harsh space environment. In ongoing, complementary work, Ultramet introduced a unique and innovative chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology that relies upon UV activation of the CVD process rather than conventional thermal activation. This low temperature deposition route is ideally suited for coating substrates with relatively low thermal stability, such as PBO. The objective of the proposed project is to assess the viability of this innovative process for scaleable production of coatings that could be effectively used for government and commercial satellite components.

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