Super-Tough Transparencies for Lightweight Aircraft Canopies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0336
Agency Tracking Number: N074-012-0215
Amount: $69,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-T012
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lebzy Gonzalez
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 William Thompson
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Research Institution
 Claudette Groeber
 Research Institute
300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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