Polymer Matrix Composite Materials for Lightning Strike Mitigation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL07AA73P
Agency Tracking Number: 067431
Amount: $99,774.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3292 E Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706-5103
DUNS: 60237
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ranji Vaidyanathan
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 434-6392
Business Contact
 Ranji Vaidyanathan
Title: Business Official
Phone: (520) 434-6392
Email: rkv@acrtucson.com
Research Institution
In this phase I SBIR program, a team led by Advanced Ceramics Research Inc. (ACR) propose a novel, low-cost manufacturing process for multi-functional polymer composite components with improved lightning strike mitigation and EMI shielding capabilities. The proposed program will develop and demonstrate a process for manufacturing complex-geometry composite parts with tailored lightning strike mitigation capability based on design requirements. This process is a natural extension of the ACR water-soluble tooling process for fabricating complex-geometry polymer composite parts as well as filament wound composite tanks. For the proposed phase I program, the ACR-led team will use a novel process to create a highly conductive surface capable of providing the necessary lightning strike protection and EMI shielding. The ACR team will evaluate the new approach with two different space qualified matrix polymers with graphite fibers and compare the surface conductivity with baseline composite systems.

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