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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0030
Agency Tracking Number: N091-033-0728
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: N091-033
Solitcitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, -
Duns: 008963758
Hubzone Owned: N
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
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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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