Cure System Equipment Optimization for Rapid Cure Epoxy Coated Fiberglass

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: N082-137-0713
Amount: $149,919.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-137
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Curl
 Principal Engineer
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Lisa Lamenzo
Title: Contracts Administrative Assistant
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution
Based on Agiltron’s extensive experience of design and fabrication of UV LED cure systems that are currently employed in the fiber optics field, we propose to construct a new cost-effective UV LED-based cure system and epoxy resin for the rapid cure epoxy impregnated fiberglass for galvanic barrier ply applications. Our novel optical design enables this UV cure system to deliver sufficient and consistent energy over a long working distance and fully cure epoxy impregnated fiberglass parts over a variety of shapes and sizes without having to individually tailor the cure parameters for each part. The system uses small high-power LED’s in a specialized and unique configuration, as a solid-state source, to provide a very robust and flexible cure system. This design is reconfigurable and can be either a hand-held “UV light brush” powered by a compact battery for small spaces or repair areas, or as part of a larger ‘plug-in’ portable system. The portable system automatically controls exposure and uses minimized floor and storage space. In both configurations the system is energy efficient, low power, light weight, with a very low heat load compared with current lamp technology.. The system is upgradeable and easy to maintain.

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