Ultra Low Areal Density HybridSil Erosion Protective Icephobic Nanocomposites for UAVs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-12-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number:
A112-070-0144
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-070
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Michael Bortner
PI
(540) 626-6266
mbortner@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Assoc. Contracts Administrators
(540) 626-6266
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The purpose of this SBIR program is to develop novel, lightweight, hybrid nanocomposites that combine erosion resistance and anti-icing functionality to provide passive anti-icing protection for UAVs. NanoSonic will build on its demonstrated HybridSil Erosion protective, anti-icing appliqus/tapes designed for rotorblades to realize a thin, lightweight, spray applied coating with appropriate functionality and performance for UAVs. NanoSonics HybridSil Erosion has been measured to provide high levels of particle and rain erosion protection, tested up to 7 hrs rain erosion and 100 g/cm2 mass loading angular sand, both at 500 mph, with sample survival following exposure. These coatings have been demonstrated to prevent dynamic ice accretion at temperatures as low as 19 degrees F (-7 degrees C). Application has been demonstrated with excellent performance on 6Al4V Ti, 2024 Al, and glass fiber/epoxy composites. NanoSonics Phase I partner provides pneumatic and electrothermal de-icing systems to a broad range of commercial and DoD platforms and is currently evaluating baseline performance of HybridSil Erosion/Icephobic materials. This prime is specifically interested in thin film, lightweight, anti-icing coatings and will provide immediate transition opportunity for both DoD and commercial applications, working with NanoSonic through this effort with design suggestions and to perform rigorous measurements required for transition to DoD platforms.

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