Phosphorous-Containing Epoxy Resins for Room Temperature VARTM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0213
Agency Tracking Number: N064-017-0479
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
DUNS: 859106296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrea Hoyt Haight
 Polymer Projects Manager
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Business Contact
 Ronald Allred
Title: President
Phone: () -
Research Institution
 Alexander Morgan
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
 (937) 229-3079
 Nonprofit college or university
The Navy intends to start using a significant quantity of composite structures in surface ship construction in an effort to decrease costs as well as to reduce the visibility of the ships to radar. The large size of the target structures necessitates the use of low temperature, non-autoclave processing techniques such as Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM). In the recent past, most marine composites were based on glass fibers, but due to the mechanical property requirements of the newer applications, carbon fibers will be required as reinforcements for future structures. Currently, the matrix material of choice is a vinyl ester resin based on its superior mechanical properties. Vinyl ester resins work well with glass fiber reinforcements, but do not adhere well to carbon fibers, leading to lower overall composite performance due to the poor fiber-matrix interface. This Phase I program proposes the development of a phosphorus-containing epoxy resin that would not only improve the quality of the fiber-matrix interface in VARTM-processed composites for shipboard applications while meeting the Tg requirements, but would also offer enhanced fire retardance relative to current resin systems. BENEFITS: The phosphorus-containing epoxy resins for room temperature VARTM processing will find immediate application in military applications both in Naval vessels as well as in aircraft. Transitions to the civilian marine and aircraft industries are expected.

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