Self-Healing Non-Catalytic Multifunctional Composite Structure

Period of Performance: 11/07/2012 - 04/28/2014

$496K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Texas High Energy Materials
13581 Pond Springs Road Array
Austin, TX 78729
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

University of Texas at Austin
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 160 J. J. Pickle Research Campus
Austin, TX 78758
Institution POC

Abstract

Areas of research relating to self-healing composites structures have been undertaken by well-known and respected research institutions under the auspices of the Department of Defense. Patent literature and public technical communiqué describe their novel engineering approaches using polymeric healing agents through suitable mechanisms. While these approaches have merit, the choices of materials used in their design are limited. Our unique expertise has allowed us to correctly identify materials, reaction kinetics and manufacturing processes that have previously restricted the use of eminently more suitable systems for this application. Our team of polymer chemists, polymer engineers, and composite engineers, coupled with commercial experts, will build upon our Phase I feasibility discoveries regarding synthesis and engineering processes that will now enable the long-awaited employment of compounds that to date have not been successfully utilized. Our insight into aspects of physical chemistry, chemical synthesis, and engineering principals have allowed us to correctly identify and develop a novel approach to circumvent these challenges. We will build upon the feasibility demonstrated in Phase I and use those results to introduce our new technology, process and materials to composite industries.