Polymer System for Aerospace Mirror Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-5050
Agency Tracking Number:
B045-006-0047
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
10814 Preservation View Dr, Suite 205, Tampa, FL, 33626
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
138122069
Principal Investigator:
Akbar Fard
Principal Scientist
(813) 855-8919
ghaneha@hotmail.com
Business Contact:
Akbar Fard
President
(813) 855-8919
ghaneha@hotmail.com
Research Institution:
South Dakota School of Mines & Tech
Christopher H Jenk
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD, 57701
(605) 394-2406
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Advanced Materials Technology, Inc responds to the DoD needs to develop novel polymer-based materials for aerospace mirror applications in missile defense systems. Compared to the current state-of-art mirror materials, polymeric materials will provide considerable weight and cost savings. In order to prevent significant figure error and "fiber print through", these materials should have low and tailorable coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), low coefficient of moisture expansion (CME), low cure shrinkage, low internal stresses, low outgassing, and high thermal and environmental stability. It is also required that surface figure be less than wavelength/20 and surface roughness be less than 2 nm. We propose to develop a multicomponent polymeric system that will meet the desired requirements. We shall develop polymer systems with "tunable" properties though optimizing polymer characteristics and processing parameters, thus satisfactorily fulfilling aerospace mirror requirements. The ultimate goal of the program is the development of zero CTE polymers. The morphology and physical properties of the polymer systems will be evaluated. Once the feasibility of the concept of low/near zero CTE polymers using the proposed technology is demonstrated in Phase I, we shall scale-up this concept in a Phase II program to meet DoD requirements.

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