Intrinsically Damping Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-10-M-0094
Agency Tracking Number: N093-202-0882
Amount: $69,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-202
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
111 Downey Street, Norwood, MA, 02062
DUNS: 076603836
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Gilbert
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 769-9450
 gilbert@eiclabs.com
Business Contact
 D. Rauh
Title: President
Phone: (781) 769-9450
Email: drauh@eiclabs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Nanostructured epoxies are proposed as matrices for intrinsically damping glass fiber reinforced composites. Comprising blends of standard epoxy resins modified by addition of liquid thermoplastic polymers and complex anion electrolytes, these materials self-structure during cure to form co-continuous networks of high strength epoxy and linear polymer having nano-scale inter-domain dimensions. The unique morphology and high interfacial area provide these materials with rigidity, toughness and an inherent vibrational damping capability of 5%. These blends strongly bond to glass fiber reinforcements and have a proven ability to form high strength composite materials. In this research this technology will be exploited to provide self-damping composites specifically engineered for submarine application.

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