Polymer System for Aerospace Mirror Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5050
Agency Tracking Number: B045-006-0047
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-T006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10814 Preservation View Dr, Suite 205, Tampa, FL, 33626
DUNS: 138122069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Akbar G Fard
 Principal Scientist
 (813) 855-8919
Business Contact
 Akbar Fard
Title: President
Phone: (813) 855-8919
Email: 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
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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