Unique Thin-Film, Flexible Electrochromics for Helmet Visor Application

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-6664
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-019-2660
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ASHWIN-USHAS CORP., INC.
206 Ticonderoga Blvd., Freehold, NJ, 07728
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
807772942
Principal Investigator:
P. Chandrasekhar
President
(732) 462-1270
chandra.p@ashwin-ushas.com
Business Contact:
P. Chandrasekhar
President
(732) 462-1270
chandra.p@ashwin-ushas.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In recently completed work, this firm has developed a novel, flexible thin-film electrochromics technology, based on unique Conducting Polymer electrochromic layers on very thin, transparent, conductive plastic (about 0.92 mil or 24 microns thick). This technology's features include: Large Visible-region dynamic range 12% - 70%, (Ratio 7, Delta > 50%); flexible, thin-film, plastic, hermetically-sealed construction (thickness 50 to 125 microns); impervious to bending/flexing (see data below); affixable with space-qualified pressure sensitive adhesive to any surface/ shape; variable area/shape ([1 cm X 1 cm] to [30 cm X 30 cm], cuttable with scissors; excellent "optical memory"; Very low power/voltage (+/- 3 VDC, 20 ìW/cm2, peak transient 1 mW/cm2 ); rapid switching time; Operate -20 to +70 C; cyclability 3 X 10^4 cycles; microprocessor-based (drive electronics); low cost; fail-to-clear with Controller. The present work will adapt this technology to the visors, by lowering switching time to < 1 s, applying anti-UV coating, demonstrating affixation on highly/multiply-curved polycarbonate surfaces, larger area coverage, and further reduction of power.

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