Autonomic, Thermally Stable Self Healing Microcapsules in Corrosion Protection Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0265
Agency Tracking Number: N121-018-0737
Amount: $79,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-018
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
VA, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, 24016-4692
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ben Beck
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 961-4506
 beckb@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Gaudin
Title: Sr. Contract Administrato
Phone: (540) 557-5881
Email: submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
In the aviation industry, direct annual corrosion costs are estimated to be $2.2 billion, with $1.7 billion allocated to corrosion maintenance and $0.3 billion to downtime. Since exterior coatings are the first line of defense against corrosion, ground crews spend a large proportion of their time inspecting, documenting and repairing coating damage. A coating that can autonomously repair damaged areas would improve operational efficiency. For the F35 application, the coating requires thermal stability (-65 to 400oF), environmental and chemical durability, minimal weight, and low cost. Luna"s solution will build off of our experience in self healing material encapsulation, corrosion resistant paint formulation, and coating validation. Luna will utilize its polymer chemistry expertise to develop a thermally stable, self healing system using microencapsulation techniques resulting in an inexpensive, scalable product that have proven shear and spray stability. This paint formulation will be an environmentally friendly, waterborne, chrome-free coating that has shown improved corrosion resistance in accelerated and outdoor testing. Luna has the additional ability to create multifunctional coatings providing visual indication of the self heaing performance and additional corrosion protection. The technology developed on this program will decrease life cycle costs, reduce maintenance, and increase readiness by limiting equipment down-time.

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