Lightweight EMI-Resistant Metal Rubberf,> Wiring for Rotorcraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-11-C-0001
Award Id:
97942
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-122-0512
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-122
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, 24136
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
RichardClaus
President, PI
(540) 953-1785
roclaus@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
LisaLawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 626-6266
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
NanoSonicf?Ts breakthrough technology of Metal RubberTM lends itself to the Armyf?Ts objective of reducing the EMI susceptibility of wiring on advanced helicopters, by 1) improving the performance of current technology wiring harnesses, and 2) using Metal Rubberf?Ts unique characteristics to fundamentally change wire harness design. Metal Rubber offers significant weight reduction over current solid metal wire, RF shielding and electrical grounding materials. Metal Rubber is a self-assembled nanocomposite with an electrical conductivity on the order of that of bulk copper (107 S/m). Its mass density (1 g/cc) is less than that of copper (8.96 g/cc), so replacing copper wiring with Metal Rubber may result in weight savings of up to 90%. Metal Rubber also exhibits broadband EMI shielding behavior for low areal densities, so may be used as lightweight shielding/ground sheath within cable to reduce EMI coupling and improve EMC performance, and as electrically conducting coating or appliquAc on composite structure. During Phase I, NanoSonic will fabricate shielded Metal Rubber wire and cable and versions of shielding/ground materials, and evaluate their electromagnetic and environmental performance according to MIL SPEC standards. NanoSonic has a CAI of 40, works with multiple major defense contractors and has specialized materials onboard fielded defense platforms.

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