Affordable, UV-Resistant Composite Materials for Military Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-04-C-0085
Agency Tracking Number: F031-3190
Amount: $749,919.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-279
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
2000 Composite Drive, Dayton, OH, 45420
DUNS: 802689463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Hedley
 (937) 293-8698
 chedley@webcoreonline.com
Business Contact
 Rob Banerjee
Phone: (937) 293-8698
Email: rbanerjee@webcoreonline.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
For the past year and a half, WebCore has been applying its "Fiber Reinforced Foam" (FRF) sandwich panel technology toward the development of an 8' by 8' by 20' ISO-container-configured Composite Tactical Shelter (CTS) design. FRF composite panels have been shown to possess superior strength and damage tolerance compared to conventional composite panels. This development has been ongoing under two SBIR projects. This proposal describes the work which will extend efforts begun under Phase I (Air Force Contract F42650-03-2757), which largely focused on thermosets, and expand to include WebCore's "thick skin" hybrid thermoplastic/thermoset technology. The objective of this program is to identify mature and emerging film and coating technologies which can provide ultra-violet (UV) protection, and to demonstrate their processability in shelter panels. Due to the rigorous use that shelters see, the resulting solutions must not only offer UV protection, but also not degrade any other important shelter properties such as impact and flame resistance. This program will also establish procedures to repair accidental damage to shelter panels, including either structural damage, or damage to the UV durability system. In addition, this program will include the development of servicing procedures for renewal of the UV protection if necessary.

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