Intrinsic Materials Technology for Flexible Electromagnetic Shields

Period of Performance: 05/11/2001 - 11/10/2001

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Triton Systems is responding to the DTRA need to ensure the survivability of future military C4I and weapons systems by hardening them against damage from HEMP and HPM weapons, using primarily COTS shielding materials for flexible electromagnetic shields. Triton's unique approach is to integrate our conductive polymer technology into flexible thermoplastic polymer films and foams that will be highly reflective and attenuate HEMP and HPM electromagnetic radiation with improved broadband performance. In Phase I, Triton will show the feasibility by compounding conductive-enhanced polymers and laminating conductive fabrics for EM hardening, and will use reticulated foam with matched properties to fabricate textile laminates which will result in flexible, chemical/biological protective, low Q electromagnetic shields. In Phase II, with the cooperation of a major manufacturer of flexible structures and soft shelters, and with the support of SBCCOM's Fabric Structures Group, Triton will develop compounding to pilot scale level and develop one or more prototype flexible electromagnetic shielding structure(s) for large scale EMI testing. Products for the military and commercial sectors will be developed and sold late on the Phase II program, and on a Phase III program.This Phase I Program, and following programs, will develop new lightweight materials that will provide hardening protection against HEMP and HPM interference for C4I and the U.S. Army Future Combat System. The primary commercial application will be to the Military for use in rapidly deployed soft shelters and individual warfighter systems. The secondary commercial market will be to civilian ground, air and space equipment, for improved operations in strong electromagnetic fields.