Visual Signature Reduction Technology using Dynamic Camouflage Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-11-C-4123
Agency Tracking Number: N092-140-0634
Amount: $599,847.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N092-140
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
4 Tirrell Place, Durham, NH, 03824
DUNS: 829833230
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Meyer
 Program Manager
 (603) 512-5366
Business Contact
 Keith Haney
Title: President
Phone: (603) 781-6516
Research Institution
Photochromic technologies that can modulate absorption, emission and reflection properties show promise as a means to achieve visual signature reduction for vessel in an oceanic environment. Dynamically changing the vessel"s color, brightness, and hull coating patterns will minimize a vessel's contrast to its surroundings. Appropriate selections of Performance Indicator's photochromic technologies, augmented with commercially available photochromic dyes, will be assessed in a series of laboratory and full-scale tests for their suitability to quantifiably reduce a submersible"s overall visual signature. Key material characteristics such as wavelength (or color), response time, stability, compatibility, and cost will be analyzed and catalogued correlating to a typical submersible"s operating profile. Given that visual stealth is most important in littoral environments, application techniques and testing methods which characterize littoral environments needed for material design choices will also be evaluated. Additionally, environmental factors which affect coating performance and test design including light absorption and scattering due to suspended inorganic and biological materials in the water column, will be evaluated. Coating qualification requirements identified from Phase IA will be applied to the appropriate chemical formulation(s) for use in tactical environments. The project will culminate in a full-scale demonstration in a relevant marine environment.

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