Coating Existing Concrete Barriers to Reduce Rollover Potential

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10051
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-13-C-10051
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 121FH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR1
Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
VA, Pembroke, VA, 24136-3645
DUNS: 8963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vincent Baranauskas
 Chief Technology Officer
 (540) 626-6266
 vince@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Melissa Campbell
Title: CFO
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Email: mcampbell@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this DoT SBIR program is to further establish the technical foundation of low friction HybridSil® Slippery Overturn Automobile Protection (SOAP) coatings on concrete barriers for drastic reductions in vehicle rollover potential and significantly increased concrete impact durability thus, enabling the rapid commercial integration of these coatings. To meet this challenge, NanoSonic has molecularly engineered its pioneering HybridSil® technology to reduce the surface friction of concrete barriers through the selective surface enrichment of self-leveling, low surface energy copolymer domains during the initial phase of this project. Importantly, all of the proposed Phase I technical milestones were achieved during the base Phase I DoT SBIR project. Of critical significance to vehicular impact reduction and increased concrete survivability, NanoSonic worked with National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory (FOIL) employees to successfully complete multiple concrete barrier pendulum impact tests on Phase I optimized coatings at the FOIL facility. The success of these tests combined with computer simulations of full vehicle impacts with both uncoated and coated New Jersey shape concrete barriers, also performed during Phase I, underscore the exceptional impact durability and friction reducing capability necessary for reducing vehicle roll-over potential upon barrier impact.

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