Improved Data&Power Transmission: Conductor&Shielding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-2150
Agency Tracking Number: F103-204-1236
Amount: $99,780.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-204
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Minnesota Wire & Cable Co.
1835 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN, -
DUNS: 023797335
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Kukowski
 R&D Manager
 (651) 659-6763
 tkukowski@mnwire.com
Business Contact
 Tom Ashenbrenner
Title: Manager, Military Applications
Phone: (651) 659-6760
Email: TAshenbrenner@mnwire.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Carbon nanotubes form conductive composites at such low loading ratios and thus could be a key component in EMI shielding and conductors for lightweight aircraft wiring. Compared to conventional metal-based materials, electrically conducting polymer composites has attracted interest due to their light weight, resistance to corrosion, flexibility, and processing advantages. Minnesota Defense proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of creating aircraft wires with the use of carbon nanotube sheets and yarns for shielding and conductors for producing lightweight wires. Minnesota defense has already demonstrated the ability to achieve significant weight saving through the use of carbon nanotube sheets and yarns for short lengths of cable. The effort will scale to larger cables and address termination issues presented by conducting polymers. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits and/or potential applications of this project could apply to data transmission wiring, litz wire, coaxial cable, wire harnesses, USB, electronic circuitry, and component shielding.

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