Multifunctional composites for autonomous damage detection, indication, and repair

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W9132T-09-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: A09A-023-0253
Amount: $99,940.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T023
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lebzy Gonazalez
 Principal Scientist
 (781) 890-1338
 lgonzalez@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Mattox
Title: Director, Finance & Contracts
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
 University of Dayton Research Insti
 Linda Young
 300 College Park, Room KL-542
Contracts and Grants Admin/Gov
Dayton, OH, 45469
 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Novel class IV building materials are needed to efficiently protect military structures from electromagnetic interference (EMI), blast, and emerging adaptive threats. Fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites could be modified for this purpose by incorporating additives that can autonomously detect, indicate, and repair damage. Infoscitex Corporation (IST) proposes to develop a multifunctional additive that can provide robust EMI protection, while allowing remote detection and self-repair of the composite. IST''s approach will provide better mechanical performance than competing self-healing microcapsules, uses materials that are less costly and hazardous, and is applicable to a wide variety of composite systems.

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