Flame Resistant HybridSil Matrices for Affordable, Next Generation Shipboard Carbon Fiber Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0331
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-014-0215
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T014
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, -
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vince Baranauskas
 PI
 (540) 626-6266
 vince@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Donald G Baird
 142 B Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0000
 (540) 231-3297
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this Phase I STTR is to design and qualify affordable, flame resistant HybridSil copolymers that may be integrated within carbon fiber reinforced composites in place of brominated vinyl esters for improved fire resistance, negligible smoke toxicity, and enhanced mechanical properties. Equally important, down-selected copolymer matrices will provide tailorable room and low temperature rheological and curing properties compatible within VARTM processing. To that end, NanoSonic and the polymer and composite processing group of Virginia Tech"s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program will work to augment NanoSonic"s Fire and Blast protective HybridSil materials for use as flame resistant matrices for carbon fiber composites. This innovative material technology has undergone extensive fire evaluation (ASTM E-1354, ASTM E-1321, ASTM E-84) and has passed the full scale ISO 9705 room corner burn test for qualification as a"fire restrictive material"per the IMO. HybridSil has also demonstrated blast protective properties through 0.50 cal FSP V50 (MIL-STD-662F) and buried C4 landmine testing with SwRI. Based on a current production capacity of 8,000 lbs/ day, HybridSil has a cost estimate of ~ $9 - 10 / lb, and the molecular modifications for transitioning this technology will not elevate this threshold.

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