Embedded Self-repairing Antenna Composite (ESAC)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-14-C-A205
Agency Tracking Number: A13A-012-0080
Amount: $149,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: A13A-T012
Solitcitation Number: 2013.A
Small Business Information
NextGen Aeronautics
CA, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505-5341
Duns: 106823607
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 ROBERT BORTOLIN
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 626-8389
 rbortolin@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Title: Manager, Contracts and Pricing
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Email: 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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