Development of a Fire-Resistant, Thermal Barrier Coating with Low-Temperature Flexibility

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-08-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number: A08A-028-0132
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-T028
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
104 Inwood Drive, San Marcos, TX, 78666
DUNS: 167660773
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Massingill
 (512) 557-7461
Business Contact
 John Massingill
Title: President
Phone: (512) 557-7461
Research Institution
 Billy C Covington
 OSP JCK 489
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX, 78666 4616
 (512) 245-2314
 Nonprofit college or university
Advanced Materials and Processes (AMP) can deliver a Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) with low temperature flexibility. This is possible because of a major breakthrough in hollow clay nanotube technology. Halloysite nanotubes (HNT™) have been shown to increase coating flexibility an order of magnitude by reinforcing the binder at the nanolevel. HNT have been filled with liquid flame retardant (FR) phosphates, which impart FR properties to polymers without deteriorating physical properties by plasticization. This novel FR system, with a unique combination of properties, will allow AMP to deliver high performance TBC coatings with low temperature flexibility, traditional corrosion resistance, good appearance, and ease of application. The innovative new TBC will be comprised of: • A commercial polyurethane hybrid binder from Scorpion Protective Coatings optimized for low temperature flexibility • Halloysite hollow clay nanotubes filled with liquid FR additives from NaturalNano. • Polysilazane ceramic precursor polymers from KiON® Specialty Polymers. • Polyurethane plasticizers from Shell Chemical Company. • Insulating hollow ceramic beads from Hy-Tech. (A NASA Spin Off 2003)

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