Embedded Self-repairing Antenna Composite (ESAC)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$149,985.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15P7T-14-C-A205
Agency Tracking Number:
A13A-012-0080
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
A13A-T012
Solicitation Number:
2013.A
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
CA, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505-5341
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106823607
Principal Investigator:
ROBERT BORTOLIN
Principal Investigator
(310) 626-8389
rbortolin@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact:
Zoltan Feher
Manager, Contracts and Pricing
(310) 626-8384
zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institution:
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Chris Abernethy
5171 California, Suite 150
Irvine, CA, 92697-
(949) 824-1749
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of the proposed research is to develop self-healing embedded communication antennas to be used in transparent armori.e., ground vehicle windows. Embedded antennas are known to delaminate from their host structures after impact; this allows an empty space to form around the antenna and as a result detunes the antenna. A sandwich structure will be designed, fabricated, and tested whereby the antenna is embedded in a self-healing transparent armor. Upon delamination the antenna will reform its seal the armor materials. This effort will demonstrate that these near-kissing joint interfaces will heal after they have delaminated. NextGen Aeronautics will team with the University of California, Irvine to co-develop this innovate damage-resistant self-healing transparent antenna. We will deliver a self-healing antenna sandwich structure (nominally 4"x4") for eventual transition into transparent armorincluding bulletproof windows and self-repairing armor composites. We will consult with armor manufacturers to ensure full compatibility with existing bulletproof and ballistic glass laminates

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