Spray Depositable, High Temperature Nanoporous Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0030
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-033-0728
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-033
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Vince Baranauskas
PI
(540) 626-6266
vince@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 626-6266
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
To protect outer wing panels of military aircraft from undesirable mechanical deterioration and fatigue effects from cyclic exposure to high temperature engine exhaust, NanoSonic has designed and qualified innovative spray depositable nanoporous thermal barrier coatings with exceptional thermal insulation and environmental durability within demanding aerospace environments. This coating technology will serve as a replacement for MIL-PRF-85285 paints and has demonstrated compatibility with MIL-PRF-23377 / MIL-PRF-85582 primers. Throughout the design process, the interrelationships between coating porosity / thermal insulation, aerospace environmental durability and spray depositability were continuously optimized to produce thermal barrier coatings that may be used with MIL-PRF-85582 primers to protect aircraft surfaces from high temperature engine exhaust (>350 oC). The principal objectives of the Phase II SBIR program are to demonstrate optimized coatings meet MIL-PRF-85285 durability requirements, protect aircraft structures from mechanical deterioration / fatigue effects resulting from cyclic exposure to high temperature engine exhaust and may be integrated within military aircraft in place of MIL-PRF-85285 paints for greater component lifetimes and lower life cycle costs. NanoSonic has recently scaled up production of related nanocomposite resins to 55-gallon production quantities and may leverage this infrastructure for gracefully transitioning this coating technology to a broad spectrum of DoD platforms.

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