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Very Rapid Cure Capable Resin and Optimization for Pre-Preg Process Development of Barrier or Isolation Ply Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: N082-150-0741
Amount: $749,966.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-150
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-09-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-03-06
Small Business Information
3363 South Tech Blvd, Miamisburg, OH, -
DUNS: 808652684
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Susan Robitaille
 Director of Research and
 (937) 901-1202
Business Contact
 Eric Collins
Title: Cheif Financial Officer
Phone: (513) 310-1053
Research Institution
The current manufacturing processes used for restoring corrosion protection on F-35 aircraft composites panels are time consuming and wasteful. The goal of this Phase II program is to demonstrate and deliver a low-energy-cure, epoxy-fiberglass prepreg that can be used to restore the galvanic barrier on the F-35 fighter aircraft. Ultraviolet (UV) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) cure resin systems represent excellent candidates for alternative, “Green” processing technologies. In this program, a new galvanic barrier ply will be developed and applied to the surface of an existing composite structure and cured rapidly without using pressure or a vacuum bag for consolidation. Critical performance requirements for non-structural, fiberglass barrier ply materials that are cured onto military flight hardware include: low and high temperature resistance, hot-wet exposure resistance, fluid resistance, and good adhesion properties to the base composite substrate. A high level of interaction will be needed between the composite parts fabricator, formulated resin/prepreg material supplier, and the UV/LED lamp system provider for the successful transition of low-energy cure into production. When compared to current methods for galvanic restoration barrier systems, the new material, along with the low-energy processing equipment, will result in significant savings in both fabrication time and cost.

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