Creating Resilient Structures with Polymer Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R09CN0108
Agency Tracking Number: 09-43
Amount: $299,994.33
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.9S
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2009-1
Small Business Information
Optechnology, Inc.
5500 ALLENDALE DR, HUNTSVILLE, AL, 35811
DUNS: 826702557
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrea Barnes
 Project Coordinator
 (256) 508-2487
 andrea.barnes@optechnology.com
Business Contact
 John Gilbert
Title: President
Phone: (256) 508-2487
Email: john.gilbert@optechnology.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

 

The first goal of our team is to design and develop highly ductile cement mortar composites using novel patent applied for technology which has been shown to produce materials with high energy absorption, decreased modulus, higher tensile strength, and greater toughness than standard or ultra high performance concretes or fibercements. These materials will be used to produce NEMA Class 5 flood resistant building panels which are also capable of withstanding hurricane forces to comply with Florida and North Carolina State Building Codes, ASTM 1886E-05, and ultimately to meet FEMA 320/FEMA 361 standards. In order to achieve our design goals, we may further strengthen the panels by reinforcing them with interlayers and polymer coatings. Our second goal is to test the effectiveness of using field applied polymer coatings to solve issues of roof joist to wall framing attachment and foundation-rim joist wall framing to produce a continuous foundation to roof load pathway and to supplement standard hurricane and construction ties.

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