Diamond-like Carbon Coatings on Polymers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0746
Agency Tracking Number: O082-H10-3068
Amount: $749,981.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H10
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
1980 Olivera Ave, Suite D, Concord, CA, 94520
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Brown
 Senior Scientist
 (925) 798-5770
Business Contact
 Mike McFarland
Title: President
Phone: (925) 798-5770
Email: mcfarland@acreetech.com
Research Institution
In the Phase-I an innovative coating was demonstrated that provides increased resistance to abrasion and scratching, excellent optical properties and increased ballistic protection. The coating consists of a unique plasma pretreatment of the polycarbonate to improve adhesion and a combination of layers forming a grading in the mechanical properties from the soft polycarbonate to a hard overcoat. Using this process, coatings with a 10x improvement in abrasion resistance, excellent optical matching to the polycarbonate, and improved ballistic performance relative to industry standard siloxane hard coatings was demonstrated. The Phase-II project builds upon the excellent Phase-I results by optimizing the coating process and design, refining the grading of the mechanical properties and introducing surface modifications of the polycarbonate for improved hardness. The coatings will be evaluated per MilSpec standards for ballistic performance, abrasion resistance, chemical exposure, and environmental durability. The end goal will be a manufacturing process capable of supplying low cost, highly abrasion resistant coatings on polycarbonate lenses and visors with significantly improved ballistic protection for the warfighter.

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