Creating Resilient Structures with Polymer Coatings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$299,994.33
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
WC133R09CN0108
Award Id:
90424
Agency Tracking Number:
09-43
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.1.9SG
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5500 ALLENDALE DR, HUNTSVILLE, AL, 35811
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
826702557
Principal Investigator:
Andrea Barnes
Project Coordinator
(256) 508-2487
andrea.barnes@optechnology.com
Business Contact:
John Gilbert
President
(256) 508-2487
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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