Advanced Flame Resistant Resin System for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Shipboard Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-C-0432
Agency Tracking Number: N11A-014-0587
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N11A-T014
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Technova Corporation
3927 Dobie Road, Okemos, MI, -
DUNS: 015442887
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anagi Balchandra
 Project Manager
 (517) 485-9583
Business Contact
 Farangis Jamzadeh
Title: Vice President
Phone: (517) 485-9583
Research Institution
 Florida Institute of Technology
 Gordon L Nelson
 150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL, 32901-
 (321) 674-7231
 Nonprofit college or university
Efforts to replace metals with composites in shipboard applications have emphasized the use of brominated vinyl esters as fire-retardant polymers. Despite their relatively low cost and ease of fabrication, such halogenated polymers produce toxic and potentially carcinogenic gases; their compatibility with carbon fibers is also less than desirable. There is thus a need for environmentally friendly and affordable polymers that offer desired fire resistance, processability, structural performance and compatibility with carbon fibers. This challenge is addressed in the project by developing a modified epoxy chemistry which employs the organic-inorganic hybridization principle. Chemical integration of phosphorus- and silicon-based compounds into selected epoxy systems yielded a single, inherently flame-retardant polymer structure with a desired balance of fire, smoke and toxicity behavior, compatibility with the resin-infusion approach to room-temperature processing of composites, thermo-mechanical performance, bonding characteristics, and economics. The Phase II project will optimize this modified epoxy chemistry, and will undertake laboratory investigations and scale-up efforts towards qualification of the new polymer composite for use in shipboard structures. The proposed project will be implemented in a base (Phase II) and two option steps, and will be guided by the experience gained in successful qualification of composites for use in Naval surface combatants.

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