Alternating Injected Charge Electrospray

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-12-C-4147
Agency Tracking Number: N101-058-0465
Amount: $593,358.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-058
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
Applied Technologies Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alex Kolessov
 Team Leader
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Navy"s need for electrostatics-based technologies for a protective coating application to complex ship structural surfaces, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to continue developing a new Alternating Injected Charge Electrospray (ALICE) technology. The prototype device built in Phase I is based on a new design that utilizes in-house developed proprietary components and COTS components. The innovation in charge injection methodology and control of the spraying process enables the ALICE coating system to produce uniform, edge-retentive, defect-free protective coatings on grounded metallic surfaces, while maintaining excellent compatibility with the wide range of Navy-qualified coating systems. As a result, this innovative technology offers non-line-of-sight, wrap-around structure coating, eliminating the overhead of unnecessary touch-ups, directly addressing the Ship"s PEO requirements for a reliable method for coating irregularly shaped shipboard structures, such as ballast tanks, cargo holds, and hull voids. In Phase I, POC demonstrated the feasibility of ALICE by fabricating and testing a proof-of-concept prototype, evaluating the new approach versus the state-of-the-art electrostatic and nonelectric technologies, and creating a plan for Phase II. In Phase II, POC plans to develop and manufacture a practical, shipyard-deployable coating system, along with operational protocols and documentation, for initial testing at a Navy shipbuilding facility.

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