Lightweight EMI Resistant Wiring Solutions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-11-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: A102-122-1755
Amount: $69,957.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-122
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Minnesota Wire & Cable Co.
1835 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN, 55108
DUNS: 023797335
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Kukowski
 R&D Manager
 (651) 659-6763
 tkukowski@mnwire.com
Business Contact
 Tom Ashenbrenner
Title: Manager, Military Applications
Phone: (651) 659-6760
Email: TAshenbrenner@mnwire.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Wiring and connectors are particularly vulnerable to electromagnetic interference. This is in part due to the harnesses that place both power and signal wiring in close proximity. For many applications, the solution to such a problem might be increasing the amount of shielding on the wires. However, for aviation platforms solutions that add weight are typically not viable. Because they form conductive composites at such low loading ratios, carbon nanotubes could be a key component in EMI shielding. Compared to conventional metal-based EMI shielding materials, electrically conducting polymer composites has attracted interest due to their light weight, resistance to corrosion, flexibility, and processing advantages. Minnesota Defense proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of creating aircraft wires with high-levels of EMI shielding (without adding weight), through the use of carbon nanotube sheets and yarns.

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