Intrinsic Materials Technology for Flexible Electromagnetic Shields

Period of Performance: 06/04/2002 - 06/04/2004


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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


Triton Systems, Inc. proposes a Phase II effort to develop an all-composite EMI shielded shelter for Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) Tactical Shelters/Radomes Office. The proposed Phase II will satisfy the logistics needs of HAFB Tactical Shelters Radomes Office which requires replacement of 3000 aging metal tactical shelters with an all composite version that will meet or exceed the performance specifications of traditional ôStandard Family Sheltersö as defined by the Joint Committee on Tactical Shelters (JOCOTAS). The 30-year cost savings associated with a composite shelter is $24,000 per shelter compared to their metallic counterparts that require significant maintenance. This represents a savings of $73M for the 3000 tactical shelters required by the Air Force. This effort will employ the technology developments from our Phase I efforts by incorporating a multi-layer (conductive/dielectric and/or magnetic/conductive) InstaShieldS laminate into the structural design. These technologies include TritonÆs InstaShieldS paste and film adhesives funded by DTRA and lightweight electromagnetic (EM) shielding carbon/epoxy laminates funded by NASA. Incorporation of these technologies will enable development of a lightweight tactical shelter system with 60dB EM shielding performance on the Proposed Phase II program. The market for composite shelters may be broken into two segments: with and without EMI shielding capability. The Tactical Shelters/Radomes Office at Hill Air Force Base intends to replace approximately 3000 metal rigid wall shelters within the Air Force with a composite version. Out of the 3000 shelters to be replaced, most are likely to require InstaShield+ EMI shielding. The replacement plan for the 3000 shelters within the Air Force is over a period of ten years with approximately 300 replacements required every year. The total market potential for this program alone is approximately $100 million. Additionally, other DOD and non-DOD agencies will require new shelters over the next five to ten years increasing the total ten year market potential to several hundred million dollars. Triton will focus on the composite and InstaShield+ EMI shielding market segments. Triton will achieve the commercialization of the composite shelter system through our team arrangements with shelter manufacturers Raytheon Electronic Systems, AAR Cadillac and YLA who are capable of meeting the large requirement of 300 shelters a year. Triton will explore licensing and Joint Venture arrangements with these selected manufacturers.