Low Areal Density Passive Fire Insulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-05-C-4100
Agency Tracking Number: N043-200-0822
Amount: $69,967.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-200
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
1801 Maple Ave., Suite 5316, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 020126814
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Francis Chapman
 Materials Engineer
 (847) 212-5238
Business Contact
 John Rechner
Title: Business Manage
Phone: (847) 467-5235
Email: jrechner@atfinet.com
Research Institution
The US Navy is seeking improved fire protection systems with the primary goal to reduce the areal density based on the current 1 lb/sq ft baseline value. Recent tests with intumescent coatings were largely unsuccessful. Passive fire protection systems are preferable due to their relatively inert nature during a fire event. New thermal concepts are needed to lower areal density of passive fire protection systems. This Phase I proposal aims at developing a unique and innovative passive fire protection system that exploits new avenues for limiting transport of thermal energy. The goal is to achieve equivalent or better performance than the current state of the art (backside temperature rise of 139C) while providing reduction in areal density of at least 50% at minimal additional cost, if any. The concept is designed with consideration of limitations in cost, installation and attachments, qualifying protocols, and other related factors. Phase I effort will include cost analysis, material development effort to fabricate small panels for structural and thermal characterization using modified UL-1709, for 30 minutes. In Phase II, the development effort will be expanded to include further material property optimization and preliminary assessment of a suitable low-cost manufacturing technique.

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