Durable Rain Repellent Coatings for Aircraft Transparencies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0117
Agency Tracking Number: N102-135-0437
Amount: $374,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: N102-135
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
Duns: 627132913
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Koene
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 558-1699
 koeneb@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Gaudin
Title: Senior Contracts Administ
Phone: (540) 557-5881
Email: submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
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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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