Rapid Assembly of Durable Composite Radome Panels Using Low-Cost Snap-Lock Connection Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8222-10-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: F093-200-1349
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-200
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
651 Anita Street, #B-8, Chula Vista, CA, 91911
DUNS: 858732670
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Johnson
 Chairman and C.E.O.
 (619) 423-9360
Business Contact
 David Johnson
Title: Chairman and C.E.O
Phone: (619) 423-9360
Email: davidj@ebertcomposites.com
Research Institution
Ebert Composites Corporation proposes to develop for the Air Force a new type of “snap-lock” connection for composite radome sandwich panels. This will leverage Ebert’s rich history of finding alternative fastening methods in joining composites. Traditional joining means of either mechanical fasteners, or adhesives, or both, may not provide the optimum connection for thin walled sandwich panels. A 100% composite edge-joint is projected to be designed, meeting all objectives in the Phase I solicitation. Additionally, an innovative solution will be sought to interface composites to concrete without the typically alkali-attack one would anticipate. BENEFIT: The development of a 100% composite snap-together joint for the use in land-based radomes will be commercialized through use in US Air Force radar applications worldwide. Benefits include a lower installation cost, less maintenance, less RF interference, and a longer lasting radome. Further commercialization would use technology developed through this R&D program in atmospheric radomes used by the NOAA and overseas governments.

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