Flexible High-Barrier Polymers for Food Packaging

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,999.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CB04C
Agency Tracking Number:
084959
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
X12.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
EIC Laboratories, Inc.
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062-2612
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
076603836
Principal Investigator:
Stuart Cogan
Principal Investigator
(781) 781-9450
scogan@eiclabs.com
Business Contact:
David Rauh
Business Official
(781) 781-9450
drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The development of a polymer laminate with water and oxygen barrier properties suitable for food packaging and preservation on 3-5 year manned space exploration missions is proposed. The laminate is a multilayer structure comprising polymer and inorganic dielectrics that will provide near-hermetic encapsulation of food items for the duration of these missions. In Phase I, flexible polymer barriers with an oxygen transport rate of <0.005 cc/m2-day and water transport rate of <0.005 g/m2-day were developed. The barriers contain no metal foils, have a areal density of <34 g/m2 for a 40 micron thick film, and tolerate high temperature sterilization treatments. The polymer laminates are mechanically robust exhibiting a 165MPa yield strength, 200MPa tensile strength, 550MPa tensile modulus, and 3% elongation to yield. In Phase II, we propose to optimize barrier properties to reduce weight, minimize ash on incineration, develop heat-sealing methods, and expand the testing to include heat sealed enclosures. The Phase II effort also includes a collaboration with a potential high-volume manufacturer of the barrier films for aerospace applications.

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