Low Cost Polybenzoxazine Prepreg for Shipboard Radomes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-C-4123
Agency Tracking Number: N102-148-1092
Amount: $749,987.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-148
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Hooker
 VP of Operations
 (303) 664-0394
 matt.hooker@ctd-materials.com
Business Contact
 Lori Bass
Title: VP of Technology
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Email: lori.bass@ctd-materials.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Radomes are key components of future Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) systems and are aboard almost every surface vessel in the Navy. These structures provide protection for the radar face, but the long-term environmental instability of existing radome materials can interfere with the transmission and reception of radar signals. In particular, changes in temperature, moisture absorption, and incident radiation (RF, UV, IR, etc.) can all induce changes into the radome and thereby decrease the performance of the radar system. The objective of this work is to demonstrate the feasibility of producing radomes using low-cost benzoxazine materials. Benzoxazines exhibit good moisture resistance and thermal stability as compared to the epoxies and vinyl esters currently used in radome construction. The results of this work are expected to provide the Navy with a cost-effective means of improving radome performance, while also extending the operational lifetime of these components.

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