Super-Tough Transparencies for Lightweight Aircraft Canopies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,963.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0336
Award Id:
83422
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-012-0215
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INFOSCITEX CORP. (Currently Infoscitex Corporation)
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004627316
Principal Investigator:
Lebzy Gonzalez
Principal Scientist
(781) 890-1338
lgonzalez@infoscitex.com
Business Contact:
William Thompson
Contracts Manager
(781) 890-1338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF DAYTON
Claudette Groeber
Research Institute
300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
(937) 229-2919
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The military and commercial aviation industries are continually seeking material technologies that will help reduce the weight of aircraft. Aircraft canopies, traditionally built from glass, have been mostly replaced with complex thermoplastic laminates that do not serve a structural role. In this proposal, the IST team seeks to demonstrate the potential improvements in energy absorption that can be achieved by using a novel material system that incorporates a weatherable nanocomposite coating. The Phase I work plan entails optimization of the optical properties of panels via changes in the process conditions and the evaluation of mechanical deformation at very high strain-rates (100/s). At the end of Phase I we will deliver a direct comparison between the optical and impact properties of our novel material technology and conventional transparencies. A potential Phase II program would include design, simulation, fabrication, and impact testing of a full-sized prototype.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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