STTR Phase I: Development of Novel Structural Systems from Recycled Aluminum Cans

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637612
Agency Tracking Number: 0637612
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AM
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
10210 Duryea Dr, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Richmond, VA, 23235
DUNS: 142790042
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Steven Castle
 (757) 635-0629
Business Contact
 Steven Castle
Title: PhD
Phone: (757) 636-0629
Research Institution
 VA Commonwealth Univ
 Karla M Mossi
 P O Box 843015
Richmond, VA, 23284-3015
 (804) 827-7000
 Nonprofit college or university
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) project will develop environmentally friendly composite panels from recycled aluminum cans for beams, frame, roof sections, and floor sections in low cost construction industries. The specific objectives include: specific construction techniques for combining can end sections with various materials including (like wood and plastic) to make sandwich panels; experimental testing of the manufactured specimens for mechanical performance and failure properties; and, numerical analysis for the accurate and efficient failure analysis of the advanced structural composite panels. The benefits of the proposed activity include potential cost savings, structural durability, affordability and positive environmental impact due to the use of recycled beverage cans. Since housing frames, walls, and roofing members are predominantly subjected to bending and compressive loads, advanced composite panels reinforced with can end sections may serve as a new durable composite system, and may have benefits over conventional wood, and reinforced wood composites.

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