Durable Rain Repellent Coatings for Aircraft Transparencies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$374,998.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-12-C-0117
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-135-0437
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-135
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator:
Bryan Koene
Principal Investigator
(540) 558-1699
koeneb@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Gaudin
Senior Contracts Administ
(540) 557-5881
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institute:
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Abstract
Maintaining a high level of visibility through aircraft transparencies is very difficult under inclement operational conditions. This is an increased problem with the F35, which must land on aircraft carriers and do not possess windshield wipers to clear the canopies. There have been significant efforts with the development of hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings that will shed water quickly off of surfaces. Whereas many technologies and coatings have demonstrated the primary goal of achieving watershedding properties, they have lacked mechanical and environmental durability, or have been difficult or expensive to apply. Luna Innovations has demonstrated the use of a class of highly durable watershedding coatings, titled HARSH (Hard Abrasion Resistant SuperHydrophobic) for this application. Luna will further develop this transparent, hydrophobic, abrasion resistant coating developed in our laboratories for use on aircraft windscreens and canopies. The technology developed on this program will decrease life cycle costs, reduce maintenance, and increase the safety of Navy equipment and personnel.

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