Cure-On-Demand Conductive Sealant for Rapid OML Repair

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-C-5113
Agency Tracking Number: F093-112-1412
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-112
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Klein
 Principal Investigator
 (434) 220-2517
Business Contact
 Maggie Hudson
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrat
Phone: (434) 483-4254
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The use of sealants in aircraft assembly and outer mold line (OML) repair is widespread. Sealants are used to wet-install fasteners, for sealing overlapping (faying) surfaces, for butt joints between panels, and for seam (fillet) sealing. Aerospace sealants are typically two-component polysulfide or polythioether compositions that can cure by oxidation or by crosslinking with epoxides, and require several hours to cure to a tack-free state. These long tack-free times are especially costly for OEM manufacture and repair of aircraft in terms of delayed cure. The ideal sealant would exhibit a long open time and then cure on-demand within a short period of time. In the Phase I, Luna has demonstrated the feasibility of a novel cure-on-demand chemistry with long open time and rapid cure. The Phase I also established that a cure-on-demand conductive sealant can achieve excellent post-cure performance in terms of elongation, resistivity, fluid resistance, and adhesion. During the proposed Phase II effort, Luna will continue to improve on this sealant material to fit the AF needs for rapid cure time in a high performance sealant. Luna will also address issues related to sealant application, scale-up, and commercialization/technology transfer. BENEFIT: The primary commercial application resulting from this program would be a conductive cure-on-demand sealant, that will dramatically decrease the time needed to cure sealants during OEM and repair activities. This sealant could potentially serve as a gap filler on a wide variety of aircraft joints and seams for both military and commercial aircraft. In addition, the resin chemistry developed under this program could also be extended to a wide family of cure-on-demand sealants, adhesives, and coatings.

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