Lightweight EMI-Resistant Metal Rubber Wiring for Rotorcraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-11-C-0052
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4557
Amount: $729,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-122
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, -
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Claus
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Associate Contracts Admin
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution
NanoSonics breakthrough Metal RubberTM technology can be used to significantly reduce the weight and improve the EMI/EMC performance of electrical communication, instrumentation and power cables onboard Army helicopters. Metal Rubber is a self-assembled nanocomposite with an electrical conductivity on the order of that of copper (107 S/m). Its low mass density (1 gm/cm3) is about a tenth of that of copper (8.98 gm/cm3), meaning that by replacing copper conductors and shielding in wiring and cabling can save up to 90% in weight. During Phase I, NanoSonic fabricated prototype cables using Metal Rubber sheet and fabric, measured and documented weight savings up to 90% over metal wire and mesh used in standard military cable designs, demonstrated MIL-STD-1553 data bus communication, confirmed order-of-magnitude weight savings and EMI/EMI shielding performance over standard 1553 triax, and documented exceptional environmental ruggedness. During Phase II, NanoSonic would optimize cable design, fabricate hundreds of meters of prototype cable using a small-scale cable production system, verify electrical and mechanical performance through laboratory testing, and provide test cables for demonstration onboard Army helicopters at Fort Eustis. NanoSonic has a CAI of 40, works with several major defense contractors and has several specialized materials installed onboard multiple fielded defense platforms.

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