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Company Information:

Name: Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
Address: 9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733-
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (512) 263-2101

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $15,626,005.00 189
SBIR Phase II $46,774,050.00 72
STTR Phase I $449,998.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,243,454.00 2

Award List:

GROUNDWATER CONTAMINANTS.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Robert e. montgomery ph.d , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $35,000.00
Abstract:
Texas research institute, inc., recently concluded a successful experimental investigation of a model system for venting underground gasoline spills. the results indicate that venting provides a viable way of removing the contaminant while preventing vapors from escaping above ground. it is proposed… More

ADHESIVE SYSTEMS FOR RUBBER-TO-METAL BONDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Scott Thornton
Award Amount: $85,416.00

ADHESIVE SYSTEMS FOR RUBBER-TO-METAL BONDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Scott Thornton
Award Amount: $619,000.00
Abstract:
This proposal responds to the navy's need for non-proprietary bonding systems for neoprene-to-metal vulcanized bonds. the approach offered is to begin with the chemloc 205/220 and other existing proprietary and non-proprietary formulations, to establish the effectiveness of certain modifications… More

AIR-FREE KEVLAR/URETHANE COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Patrick E Cassidy
Award Amount: $79,167.00

AIR-FREE KEVLAR/URETHANE COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Patrick E Cassidy
Award Amount: $450,000.00
Abstract:
The goal of this program is the development of one or more methods (applicable to manufacturing) which allow the complete saturation of large (140 mil diameter) kevlar cord with a polyurethane resin. tasks will include the selection of materials and processing (already completed), a review of… More

FOR IMAGE INTENSIFIERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr patrick e cassidy
Award Amount: $50,053.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes an sbir project to investigate alternative materials and processing techniques to improve moisture resistance characteristics of image intensifiers. reliability of image intensifiers is now affected by moisture penetration into the intensifier assembly, which is potted with… More

NDE OF ADHESIVE BONDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil M Teller
Award Amount: $74,627.00

NDE OF ADHESIVE BONDS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil M Teller
Award Amount: $208,500.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of this research is to develop an innovative nondestructive (noninvasive) inspection technique that can determine whether or not durable adhesive bonds have been formed in rubber-tometal joints and whether a bond that has been exposed to use conditions contains its integrity. the… More

IMPROVED TRANSDUCER PRODUCTION TESTING FOR RUBBER-TO-METAL BONDED JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil M Teller
Award Amount: $49,898.00

IMPROVED TRANSDUCER PRODUCTION TESTING FOR RUBBER-TO-METAL BONDED JOINTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Cecil M Teller
Award Amount: $631,000.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of this research is to develop an innovative nondestructive (noninvasive) inspection technique for the determination of the integrity of rubber-to-metal bonds of the type used in production sonar transducers. the phase i effort will develop the impedance analysis technique that… More

THE SYNTHESIS OF NEW POLYPYRRONES AND THEIR EVALUATION AS GAS SEPARATION MEMBRANES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr patrick e cassidy
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Phase i of this project will involve synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of new monomers and of polypyrones synthesized from them. the objective is to discover new polymers that may be useful as membranes to sepatate gas mixtures in an economic fashion. one new monomer (a tetraamine) will be… More

BONDING TO UNPREPARED SURFACES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: J scott thornton
Award Amount: $49,986.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes an sbir project to prepare novel primers for bonding to unprepared hydrophilic substrates such as steel, aluminum, and titanium and to composites. the primers will be prepared from organofunctional silane and zirco-aluminate coupling agents and from polymerizable phosphate… More

DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIALS SUITABLE FOR TORPEDO NOSE WINDOWS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Patrick e cassidy
Award Amount: $41,318.00
Abstract:
The torpedo nose window application requires materials with a unique combination of properties. these materials should be strong, not very lossy, relatively inert, acoustically well matched to seawater, inexpensive, and easy to fabricate. soft, relatively lossy rubbers have been used so far. two… More

TECHNOLOGY FOR MAKING UNDERWATER CONNECTORS RESISTANT TO CATHODIC DELAMINATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: D e glowe
Award Amount: $49,829.00

SILICONAND FLUORINE-CONTAINING POLYOXADAIZOLES FOR APPLICATION IN EXTREME CONDITIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr George P Hansen
Award Amount: $49,999.00
Abstract:
To combine the characteristics of thermal stability, dielectric strength, clarity, tractability, and resistance to the aerospaceenvironment, three moieties will be incorporated into a polymer backbone: tetraphenylsilane, hexafluoroisopropylidene, and oxadiazole. facile reactions are proposed to… More

INVESTIGATION OF STRUCTURAL ADHESIVES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: J Scott Thornton , Chairman
Award Amount: $50,000.00

INVESTIGATION OF STRUCTURAL ADHESIVES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: J Scott Thornton , Chairman
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
This project is designed to furnish fhwa with a number of important products in preparation for accelerated life testing (alt) of a large scale model joint and a long term full scale beam test to verify the alt. the most important product is a procedure for introducing desired moisture levels into… More

DEVELOPMENT OF AN ACCELERATED LIFE TEST FOR NICKEL HYDROGEN AND NICKEL-METAL HYDRIDE BATTERIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Drs Av Bray/rl Smith , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,077.00
Abstract:
The proposed accelerated life testing of nickel hydrogen (ni-h) and nickel metal hydride (ni-hydride) batteries uses impedance spectroscopic methods as a diagnostic for detection of aging and life limiting processes. in addition, a theoretical model for thermal and depth of discharge (dod) stresses… More

ACCELERATED LIFE TESTING DEVELOPMENT FOR DETERMINING THE RELIABILITY OF SSN-21 HULL COATINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan V Bray
Award Amount: $52,351.00
Abstract:
The integrity of rubber-to-metal bonds is an area of reliability concern, particularly in systems that are exposed to the harsh conditions of the marine environment. Accelerated life testing (ALT) is a technique used to obtain reliability data in a compressed time frame, allowing lifetime… More

ESTIMATING REMAINING LIFE IN BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL SUIT AND ENCLOSURE MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Bray/david White
Award Amount: $58,494.00

DEVELOPMENT OF POLYMER COMPOSITE SONAR TRANSDUCER MOUNTING BRACKETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan V Bray
Award Amount: $52,260.00

TECHNOLOGY FOR MAKING UNDERWATER CONNECTORS RESISTANT TO CATHODIC DELAMINATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: D e glowe
Award Amount: $438,046.00
Abstract:
This project will identify and specify engineering parameters necessary to manufacture non-metallic electrical connectors for underwater submarine and surface ship sonar use. more specifically, this project will identify equipment, materials and processes necessary to enable naval support facilities… More

ESTIMATING REMAINING LIFE IN BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL SUIT AND ENCLOSURE MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Bray/david White
Award Amount: $470,543.00
Abstract:
A method is proposed for estimating remaining life of teflon composite chemical/biological (c/b) suit and enclosure materials. the technique is based upon the relationship between c/b material permeability rate and surface fracture density of fatigued material. detection of remaining life is made… More

Accelerated Reliability Testing for Environmental Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Alan V Bray
Award Amount: $57,800.00
Abstract:
Reliability and lifetime performance data for environemntal control systems (ECS) is limited. Real-time tests require 5-15 years, and results often apply only to obsolete technology. Accelerated life testing (ALT) is a means by which reliability data may be obtained quickly and at a reasonable cost.… More

Elastomeric Composite Bumpers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $99,966.00
Abstract:
Bumper systems having lower cost and high performance are the goal of this research effort. To achieve this goal the use of recycled materials and advanced processing techniques will be investigated. These bumper systems will serve to protect the structural integrity of ships, piers, and offshore… More

Fluid Filled O-Rings for Maintaining a Seal Under Low Temperature Conditions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: J.scott Thornton/m.l.ding
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Elastomeric O-rings provide a critical sealing funcion in a myriad of devices of military and commerical interest. A critical problem with currently available O-rings occurs when the O-ring material stiffens at low temperatures, causing a failure in sealing. Previous work by the Army has indicated… More

Development of Mechanical and Environmental-Test Procedures for Transmit/Receive Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan V. Bray/christian J.
Award Amount: $68,740.00
Abstract:
Phased array designs for microwave and communication applications incorporate large numbers of transmit/receive (T/R) modules. High part counts lead to concern about T/R module reliability and improvements in semiconductor device manufacturing techniques and materials technology make lifetime… More

Development of Non-Toxic Cores for Small Caliber Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The use of lead projectile cores in current U.S. Army small caliber ammunition has caused increasing concern over the environmental contamination of military firing ranges and surrounding areas. A number of military firing ranges are in danger of being closed due to high levels of lead… More

Methods for Non-Destructive Analysis of Fatigue in Cranes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Gary W. Carriveau
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Sudden, catastrophic fatigue failures in 40 to 50 year old Navy cranes pose a significant danger to personnel and facilities. These aging cranes are currently used to lift nuclear materials and other sensitive payloads. Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) methods of fatigue crack analysis are… More

Injection Molded Polymer Composite General Aviation Aircraft Structures With Integral Structural Foam Cores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Alan V. Bray , Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00

DEVELOPMENT OF POLYMER COMPOSITE SONAR TRANSDUCER MOUNTING BRACKETS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan V Bray
Award Amount: $499,268.00
Abstract:
Sonar transducer mounting hardware installed on current U.S. Navy submarines is constructed from metallic materials that have been found to have costly corrosion problems. Metallic transducer mounting brackets are heavy, are constructed from expensive corrosion resistant metals, use expensive… More

Composite 5"/70 Caliber Barrel Componenet for MK-45 Gun Upgrade

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $69,549.00
Abstract:
The Naval Surface Fire support program is developing an upgrade to the Mk-45 gun which will require enhanced propellant charges to increase muzzle energy. The gun barrel needs to be lengthened from a 5"/54 to a 5"/70 caliber to allow sufficient in-bore volume for the complete combustion of the… More

Fast Room Temperature Cure for Adhesives for Fiber Optic Connectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Scott Thornton, Alan V
Award Amount: $69,975.00
Abstract:
Navy fiber optic connectors use a heat cured adhesive to hold the fiber within the connector ferrule. A cure time of twenty minutes at 120¿ C is currently required. A fast curing (< 3 minutes), room temperature cure adhesive with physical properties that meet the current specification… More

Castable Structural Polyurethane Sensor Outer Heads/Housings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan V. Bray/mr. Bria
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
The photonics mast (PM) and integrated ESM mast outer sensor heads/housings planned for advanced submarine (NSSN) system applications will be exposed to demanding structural loads and severe environmental exposures. The PM housings must be able to withstand hydrostatic loads, hydrodynamic loads,… More

Develop A Generic Structural Composite Material to Meet MIL-STD-2031

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Bray/mr. Brian M
Award Amount: $69,682.00
Abstract:
The use of polymer matrix composites aboard U.S. Navy submarines has been limited to applications outside the pressure hull. However, there has been increasing interest in developing composite materials for structural applications inside the pressure hull. This new interest in composite… More

Design of Optimal Outboard Electrical Cables

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Outboard electrical cable arrays, particularly those in the Vertical Launch System (VLS), have had numerous failures which have led to the loss of weapon readiness and high maintenance/replacement costs. The failures can be attributed to the extremely aggressive environment in which the cables… More

Microwave Detection of Corrosion Under Paint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
Corrosion under paint (CUP) is detectable by telltale electrochemical activity, but direct detection of CUP via nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods is not commercially available. As corrosion forms, ferric oxides are created which have dielectric properties quite distinct from uncorroded … More

Single Component Sealant for Watertight Integrity and Corrosion Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Scott Thornton/michael
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
Flight deck maintenance crews frequently remove and replace aircraft access panels just prior to takeoff. Complete and rapid sealing of these panels is critical to corrosion prevention. Fasteners are currently sealed with a two component formulation which is often incompletely cured at takeoff.… More

Commercial Digital Camera Environmental Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Dingus/mr. Jo
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Digital cameras offer extraordinary advantages in reconnaissance applications. They provide critical real time imaging capabilities not available with film; images can be transmitted electronically with no time delay. Unfortunately, commercially available digital cameras cannot withstand the… More

Broken Rail Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,820.00

Pavement Ice Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,999.00

Fast Room Temperature Cure for Adhesives for Fiber Optic Connectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Scott Thornton, Alan V
Award Amount: $749,729.00
Abstract:
Navy fiber optic connectors use a heat cured adhesive to hold the fiber within the connector ferrule. A cure time of twenty minutes at 120¿ C is currently required. A fast curing (< 3 minutes), room temperature cure adhesive with physical properties that meet the current specification… More

Single Component Sealant for Watertight Integrity and Corrosion Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Scott Thornton/michael
Award Amount: $698,598.00
Abstract:
Flight deck maintenance crews frequently remove and replace aircraft access panels just prior to takeoff. Complete and rapid sealing of these panels is critical to corrosion prevention. Fasteners are currently sealed with a two component formulation which is often incompletely cured at takeoff.… More

Guided Wave/Fiber Optic NDE of Distributed Adhesive Bonds

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Alan V. Bray/joseph L. Ro
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Adhesive bonds are a critical joining logy for modern aircraft, and health monitoring of distributed bond areas is an important part of airframe preventative and conditioned based maintenance programs. The introduction of smart composite materials with embedded fiber optics (FO) makes possible the… More

CBW Safe Water Pouch

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $69,952.00
Abstract:
Recent events in the Middle East have focused worldwide attention toward the escalating threat of chemical and biological warfare. Naval Aviators exposed to potential CBW threats need a means to rehydrate themselves in the cockpit. Numerous studies have shown that proper hydration is essential for… More

Abrasion Resistant Low Friction Elastomeric Boot Materials for High Power Active Projectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Bray/mr. John Bu
Award Amount: $69,441.00
Abstract:
High power transducer boots must undergo one of the most stringent stress profiles of any underwater encapsulation. Added to the hydrostatic and vibratory fatigue stresses are the problems that come with moving frictional contact - abrasion and heating. Abrasion resistant materials are typically… More

Acoustic Emission (AE) Distributed Crack Initiation and Growth Monitoring System Using Optical Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/mr. Russel
Award Amount: $99,957.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will examine continuous AE monitoring of fatigue in aircraft, where uncertainty about fatigue damage threatens to retire aircraft. Noise levels and other common AE issues have been addressed by others, but fundamental limitations of commercial systems, such as weight and EMI… More

Non-Skid Surface Coatings for Navy Fleet Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Dingus/mr. Jo
Award Amount: $69,899.00
Abstract:
Non-skid coating materials are used for treatment of aircraft carrier flight deck surfaces and numerous other fleet applications. Current non-skid products require frequent replacement, generating large amounts of hazardous materials and requiring the expenditure of scarce maintenance funds. These… More

Corrosion Prevention and Control for Outboard Submarine Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Bray/mr. Brian M
Award Amount: $69,792.00
Abstract:
The Mk 77 Mod 0 Gas Generator launch tube used on SSBN submarines is currently constructed from 1026 carbon steel. The launch tube O-ring seal surfaces are exposed to sea water and are subject to corrosion resulting in an 18 month service life. A polymer composite material is required that can… More

Advanced Munitions Packaging Materials and Manufacturing Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $99,794.00
Abstract:
Steel containers for munitions are heavy, expensive, and potentially hazardous. TRI/Austin will evaluate the potential for replacing a variety of munitions containers with lightweight, low cost polymer composite materials. Materials will be selected for testing according to TRI/Austin's previous… More

Multi-Stress Chamber for Accelerated Life Testing of Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuits

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Bray
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
(1) Development and fabrication of a PEM/EEC with temperature cycling, relative humidity (RH), solar exposures, and PEM electrical stimulus and output monitoring (2) A series of experiments to develop delivery and monitoring mechanisms for dust, contaminants, and other specified stresses. The… More

CBW Ensemble Protective Clothing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Protective clothing technology is a key element in chemical and biological defense, There is a need for a spray-on coating, similar to 3M's Scotch Gard1 which will enhance the barrier properties of standard protective clothing and aid in decontamination. Two approaches have been developed for fabric… More

Matrix Materials for High Performacne High Adhesion Sealants and Gap Fillers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $99,589.00
Abstract:
A durable one component conductive gap filler/sealant is proposed as a new material for aircraft the employ low observable (LO) technologies. This material will combine the durability of a polysulfide with the ease of use of a one component system. No mixing will be required and waste will be… More

Polymeric Hose Health Inspection Using Microwave NDE Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan V. Bray
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
Hoses are critical to the operation of hydraulic, power train, and auxiliary machinery aboard ship and in industrial applications. This project will develop a hose inspection tool to economically and practically assess hose health in place. Reliable inspection of hoses reduces maintenance costs… More

High Temperature, Long Service-Life Fuel Cell Bladder Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $99,859.00
Abstract:
A hybrid polythiourethane elastomer is proposed as a new material for high temperature jet fuel cell bladder inner liners. A commercial source of this type of material is not currently available. This material will combine the durability of polysulfides with the processing flexibility of… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Alan Bray/mr Brian M
Award Amount: $592,497.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr Alan V Bray
Award Amount: $569,952.00

NDE of FRP Repairs for Concrete and Masonry

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $74,997.00

Non-Metallic Netting for Deck Edge Safety Nets

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/John Bullu
Award Amount: $69,998.00

Towed System Marine Life Attack Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Dr Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $595,745.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/mr Russel
Award Amount: $749,995.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Alan V Bray
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dr Alan Bray
Award Amount: $649,970.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $349,903.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus
Award Amount: $738,632.00

Non-Hazardous Air Pollutants Rubber Cement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M Dingus/Dr S Thor
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Not Available Creare proposes to develop a family of temporary storage systems based on an innovative corrosion preventive composite covering. These protective coverings are unique in that they not only offer protection from the environmental elements with an impervious, waterproof outer shell, but… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOC
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $75,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/Mr. Rock Rushing, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $69,984.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/Mr. Jo
Award Amount: $69,928.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,903.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/Mr. John Bulluck, Principal Scientists
Award Amount: $99,970.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. Dingus/J. Bulluck
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. Dingus/J. Bulluck
Award Amount: $600,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M.Dingus/Mr. J.Bulluc
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Not Available Off-axis Fresnel reflector design methodologies and manufacturing processes will be developed to provide the capability to produce large area flat thin polyimide reflectors which can be attached to precision preformed polyimide film support structures. T

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M.Dingus/Mr. J.Bulluc
Award Amount: $300,000.00

Non-Hazardous Air Pollutants Rubber Cement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Drs. M. Dingus/S. Thornto
Award Amount: $591,550.00

RAY-TRACING TOOL OPTIMIZED FOR PRO-E GEOMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $599,958.00
Abstract:
Inadvertent releases of petroleum based hydraulic fluids into the sea can create serious adverse environmental impacts. OPNAVIST 5090.1B, the Clean Water Act, Section 311, 40 CFR 110, and other international, federal, and state regulations forbid thedischarge of petroleum products that results in a… More

Effect of Ocean Waves on Tracking Low-Elevation Objects in Multipath

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $300,000.00
Abstract:
Conventional flange-type pipe couplings used aboard U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines typically have a large number of axially oriented bolts located around the circumference of the flange. The installation of conventional pipe couplings requiresequal access to all of the bolts to ensure… More

Environmentally Insensitive Active Decluttering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,811.00
Abstract:
The combustible nature of polymeric cabling jacket materials usedaboard U.S. Naval ships is a critical issue for personnel safety.This cable jacket is the material that forms a protective layeraround a bundle of fibers, buffered fibers, ribbons or OFCC's.Current shipboard cable jackets are… More

High-Speed Dual-Mode Missile Radome

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Appliqu¿s have recently been developed as an alternative to traditional aircraft coatings. Potential cost reduction benefits include decreased weight, increased corrosion resistance, reduced hazardous waste, and lower health risks during application andremoval. The current method for appliqu¿… More

Ultraviolet Light Curing Materials for Field Level Composite Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Rapid, high quality, on-aircraft repair techniques for fiberglass composite components are required to support the Air Expeditionary Force concept. Current field level repair methods use thermally accelerated adhesive bonding to restore the originaldesign strength of the composite laminate. … More

Induction Carburizing--A Novel Cost Effective, Environmentally Safe, Affordable Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
The Mk 77 Mod 0 Gas Generator countermeasure launch tube used on U.S. Navy submarines is currently constructed from 1026 carbon steel. The launch tube O-ring seal surfaces are exposed to seawater and are subject to corrosion resulting in a two yearservice life. A polymer composite material is… More

Induction Carburizing--A Novel Cost Effective, Environmentally Safe, Affordable Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf
Award Amount: $599,874.00
Abstract:
The Mk 77 Mod 0 Gas Generator countermeasure launch tube used on U.S. Navy submarines is currently constructed from 1026 carbon steel. The launch tube O-ring seal surfaces are exposed to seawater and are subject to corrosion resulting in a two yearservice life. A polymer composite material is… More

Thermally and Electrically Conductive Adhesives for the F-22 Subarray Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George Hanson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,953.00
Abstract:
The issue to be addressed by the proposed effort is adhesive failure in critical components of the Air Force's F-22 radar system. The high density of these subarrays creates very demanding thermal swings, which challenge the integrity of the adhesivesbeing used currently. Failures are occurring at… More

Low-Cost Sonobuoy Geographic Position Locator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $67,914.00
Abstract:
The Navy currently employs a time-based maintenance schedule for its submarine propulsion shafts, in which every 6 or 10 years each shaft aboard the submarine is removed from service, stripped of its protective FRP layer, and inspected for cracks andwall-thinning with magnetic particle and liquid… More

Development of an Evanescent Microwave Probe Scanner for Detecting and Assessing Corrosion Beneath Painted and/or Sealed Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Current NDI methods cannot detect corrosion onset in painted/sealed aluminum. TRI/Austin's team, including the Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory and Boeing, has successfully used microwave probes to detect 0.08 mm corrosion flaws inprimed and painted aluminum panels covered with… More

Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Foams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
During Phase II, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. will develop and commercialize a series of room temperature cure syntactic foam products for Aircraft Battle Damage Repair (ABDR). Different formulations will be prepared for various repair sizes. Asingle component elevated temperature cured… More

Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Foams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $748,522.00
Abstract:
During Phase II, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. will develop and commercialize a series of room temperature cure syntactic foam products for Aircraft Battle Damage Repair (ABDR). Different formulations will be prepared for various repair sizes. Asingle component elevated temperature cured… More

Towed System Marine Life Attack Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael L. Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $739,927.00
Abstract:
Navy Towed Acoustical Array Systems are experiencing damage andfailures due to attacks from marine life such as sharks and otherfishes. During the period of 1996 to1998, damage by suspectedmarine attack on towed arrays totaled more than $8.5 million.Research into the cause of these attacks is… More

Composite Torpedo Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,989.00
Abstract:
"The Mk-48 Mod 5 ADCAP is the U.S. Navy's primary submarinelaunched acoustic homing torpedo. The submarine fleet utilizesover 500 Mk-48 Fleet Exercise Torpedoes to provide realisticcombat training. The fleet exercise torpedoes are fired duringtraining exercises and retrieved for refurbishment and… More

Aircraft Battle Damage Reapir (ABDR) with Ultraviolet Cure Resin Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mike Dingus/Mr. John Bulluck, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $741,566.00
Abstract:
Rapid on-aircraft repair techniques for fiberglass composite components are essential to the support of the Air Expeditionary Force concept. Field level damage repair of aircraft is critical to maintaining full force projection during combat. Currentfield level repair techniques use thermally… More

Development of an Evanescent Microwave Probe Scanner for Detecting and Asessing Corrosion Beneath Painted and/or Sealed Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $740,029.00

Assessing the Impact of Lead-free Solders on the Long-term Reliability of Weapon System Electronics.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George P. Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Lead based solders have been used for decades to make conductive and structural connections in electronic assemblies. Whole manufacturing technologies are based on the melt, flow and wetting characteristics of these materials and establishing new solderplatforms requires substantial and pervasive… More

Shipboard SMART Foundation Adapter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $68,727.00
Abstract:
"The Shipboard Modular Arrangement Reconfiguration Technology (SMART) track system is being adopted as the standard shipboard equipment mounting system. SMART track installations provide a cost effective system for installing equipment aboard ships bysimplifying the structural work involved in… More

Laboratory Convective / Steam Heat Test Apparatus

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George P. Hansen, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"In spite of its high importance to military and civilian emergency response personnel, no suitable steam heat protective garment exists to protect naval personnel from injury during a steam casualty situation. The development of a cost effective "steamprotection suit" requires the evaluation of… More

Development of Bulkhead and Overhead Coverings Suitable for Naval Marine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $68,715.00
Abstract:
"U.S. Navy surface ships require coverings over bulkheads and overheads to insulate compartments and to provide noise attenuation. The currently used preferred covering is a flexible marine insulation blanket. Although the marine blanket provides adequatethermal and acoustic insulation, it is… More

Low Volatile Organic Content (VOC) Solid Film Lubricant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George P. Hansen, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Dry film lubricants are used extensively in military and commercial aircraft engines to prevent galling, fretting and seizing and to aid in maintenance disassembly and re-assembly. Most dry film lubricants contain volatile organic compounds as carriersolvents. Many also contain lead compounds for… More

Low Volatile Organic Content (VOC) Solid Film Lubricant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,697.00
Abstract:
Dry film lubricants are used extensively in military and commercial aircraft engines to prevent galling, fretting and seizing and to aid in maintenance disassembly and re-assembly of threaded fasteners. Most dry film lubricants contain volatile organiccompounds as carrier solvents. Many also… More

Polysulfide Modified Epoxy Novolac Cladding for Steel Immersion/Splash Zone Service

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $60,200.00
Abstract:
"US Naval piers and offshore drilling platforms are common steel structures located in marine splash zones around the world. To provide adequate use life, these structures must be protected from persistent corrosion, with current coatings considered to beinadequate to meet the end-user's needs for… More

Sealing Method for Odor Barrier Bags (OBBs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. Dingus/Mr. P. Hall, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $68,726.00
Abstract:
"The U. S. Navy has a requirement to meet the provisions of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) before the current exemption for submarines expires. Currently, plastic waste is compacted inside an Odor Barrier Bag (OBB), then placed insideanother OBB, heat sealed, and stored or ejected.… More

Assessing the Impact of Lead-free Solders on the Long-term Reliability of Weapon System Electronics.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Zeller, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $728,037.00
Abstract:
Lead based solders have been used for decades to make conductive and structural connections in electronic assemblies. Whole manufacturing technologies are based on the melt, flow and wetting characteristics of these materials and establishing new solderplatforms requires substantial and pervasive… More

Improved Protective Coatings for High Strength Steels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/Mr. John Bulluck, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force has successfully introduced the C-17 Globemaster III into its inventory. This modern airlift aircraft is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and cargo to main operating bases, or directly to forward deployment areas. Thedesign of this aircraft lets it operate on small,… More

Thermal Barrier Coatings for Titanium and High Temperature Polymeric Composite Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Scientist/Inves
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Thermal barrier coatings are used to protect metallic alloys from corrosive and ablative effects of high temperature environments. Their utility has been proven in jet and automotive engines with demonstrated improvements in performance and fuel economy.Few materials can withstand long term… More

Define/Demonstrate Beryllium (Be) Substitute Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Beryllium is an elemental metal that is used as a pure metal, alloying element, and oxide ceramic. Its main uses are for mirror systems, structural and electrical beryllium-copper alloy, and microchip substrates, respectively. Beryllium also causesdeadly chronic beryllium disease, which occurs in… More

Ultra-Compact, Lightweight Battlefield Splint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,857.00
Abstract:
The feasibility of developing a novel ultra-lightweight composite material for cast/splint applications was shown in Phase I of this proposed Phase II research. These systems are designed for use in battlefield scenarios by combat medics on injuredsoldiers. Texas Research Institute-Austin's… More

Ultra-Compact, Lightweight Battlefield Splint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,996.00
Abstract:
Novel ultra-lightweight composite materials are proposed to serve as a cast/splint system for use in battlefield scenarios by combat medics on injured soldiers. Texas Research Institute-Austin's extremely low-density composite has a very highstrength-to-weight ratio and possesses mechanical… More

Large Area Distributed Acoustic Emission Health Processor for Condition Based Maintenance, Diagnostics & Prognostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, NDT Division Head
Award Amount: $729,888.00
Abstract:
TRI proposes to further develop, field test, and prepare for commercialization of, a prototype version of its Phase I brassboard Large Area Health Monitoring Processor (LAHMP). The Phase I brassboard is a stand alone 2 channel (4

Pre-fragmented Warhead Plate for EX 171 ERGM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,980.00
Abstract:
Navy Combat Ships and commercial vessels have experienced major damage and loss of life due to attacks from terrorists using small boats laden with explosives. The attack on the USS Cole caused a loss of over 17 lives and damage to the ship that totaledmore than $200 million. Effective weapons… More

Novel Main Transmission Design Concepts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Rotary aircraft such as the V-22 tilt-rotor and H-53 helicopter use a transmission system to transfer power from the engines to the rotor system. Modern rotary-wing aircraft transmission systems can comprise up to 11% of an aircraft's empty weight. Thetransmission system gearboxes and rotor brake… More

Large Area Distributed Acoustic Emission Health Processor for Condition Based Maintenance, Diagnostics & Prognostics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, NDT Division Head
Award Amount: $119,995.00
Abstract:
The objective of this effort is to develop a system for monitoring structures and equipment with an innovative, miniature, independent multi-channel acoustic emission (AE) system and wireless transmitters. Additionally, it will be shown that the data canbe used with confidence for assessing… More

Non-Chromated Flexible Aircraft Primer Containing Zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John B. Thornton, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A 100% solids, corrosion-inhibiting, flexible, and sprayable primer that is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is proposed that will replace the current chromated primers currently in use by the Navy. This unique system differs from others on themarket in that it does not require the… More

Shipboard SMART Foundation Adapter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
A low cost, lightweight alternative to conventional metal shipboard components is required that uses composite materials to reduce weight and cost, and can meet all of the NAVSEA requirements. During Phase I, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.(TRI/Austin) demonstrated the feasibility of… More

Shipboard SMART Foundation Adapter

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,658.00
Abstract:
A low cost, lightweight alternative to conventional metal shipboard components is required that uses composite materials to reduce weight and cost, and can meet all of the NAVSEA requirements. During Phase I, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.(TRI/Austin) demonstrated the feasibility of… More

Pressure Vessels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,901.00
Abstract:
The US DoD requires cylindrical and spherical pressure resistant vessels for various applications. Each service uses pressure vessels extensively in both military vehicles and land-based systems. In some applications, these vessels need to be able to resist significant externally applied hydrostatic… More

Improved Protective Coatings for High Strength Steels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck
Award Amount: $739,995.00
Abstract:
Corrosion resistant coatings are used to protect aircraft landing gear components that are made of high-strength steel. Super-steel alloys are susceptible to corrosion and subsequent cracking when exposed to the environment. The damage rapidly diminishes the strength of the components, resulting… More

Novel Main Transmission Design Concepts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus/Mr. Chip Beebe, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $589,067.00
Abstract:
Rotary-wing aircraft use transmission systems to transfer power from the engines to the rotor system. These transmissions employ lightweight high strength metals to reduce overall aircraft weight. The Navy and the helicopter industry would like to further decrease aircraft weight, as an increase… More

Nanomaterial Reinforcement for High Strength Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Case Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Recent progress in the field of nanoreinforcements has the potential to advance composite properties to a level of performance that will be required for aerospace and missile initiatives such as The Air Force's Operationally Responsive Spacelift (ORS) effort and the Falcon Program (Force Application… More

Lightweight Materials for the Expeditionary Fuel System (EFS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
The Expeditiary Fuel System (EFS) concept was designed to be a modular fuel tank system capable of deployment aboard a multitude of ships, ground vehicles and aircraft. The EFS is comprised of individual tank modules mounted to a unique transport pallet. While the concept was successfully… More

High Damping Resin for Impregnation of Propulsion Scale Electric Machinery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. S. Thornton, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
A new damping resin is needed for the impregnation of the permanent magnet motor electric drive system that is currently being developed for the U.S. Navy's new DD(X) destroyer. TRI/Austin proposes the use of a specially-modified epoxy resin. The unique modifiers will serve to increase the… More

Improved Processes for Joining of Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Thermoplastic Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. S. Thornton, Co-Principal Investigators
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
A new chemical surface treatment is proposed that will prepare the surface of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) components for traditional structural adhesive bonding. This low viscosity treatment is easily applied to the adherend in an ultra-thin layer, cures quickly, and is adaptable to a field repair… More

Development of High-Temperature Aircraft Camouflage Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
New thermally and visually stable camouflage coatings are needed for the C-17 and other aircraft programs. Over 75% of the hazardous wastes generated by the Air Force are directly related to the painting/depainting process. TRI/Austin proposes the development of unique preceramic coatings that will… More

Polymers for Lightweight Small Arms Cartridge Cases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The modern U.S. Army warfighter is being tasked to carry additional gear into the field to enhance combat effectiveness with the penalty of an increased weight burden. Recent improvements in polymer material technology and manufacturing processes that would allow a lightweight polymer to be used as… More

High Temperature Matrices for Filament Wound Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,992.00
Abstract:
Despite the extensive research expended on developing high Tg resins for composite filament winding applications, these resins require heated processing which limits their general acceptance in current production facilities. Novel filament winding matrix resins are therefore proposed to overcome… More

High Temperature Matrices for Filament Wound Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $701,706.00
Abstract:
Despite the extensive research expended on developing high Tg resins for composite filament winding applications, these resins require heated processing which limits their general acceptance in current production facilities. New filament winding matrix resins are therefore under development to… More

Biofiber-Reinforced Structural Composites for Use in Matting/Temporary Roadway Panels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
The Army's goal of deploying faster and farther can potentially be met using biofiber reinforced degradable composites. Fully degradable structural composites require the use of high strength natural fibers, a degradable polymer matrix material compatible with the fibers, and excellent bond… More

Composite Fastener Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Composite materials offer excellent specific strength and specific stiffness advantages over metals for flat panels such as aircraft control surfaces and aerostructure that are stressed in two dimensions only. Fastener materials, however, typically are stressed in three dimensions, so isotropic… More

Transmission and Driveline Development and Their Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Brian Muskopf, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
U.S. Army ground vehicles such as the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) use a driveline system to transfer power from the engine to the vehicle's wheels. Modern driveline systems make up a significant amount of a ground vehicle's empty weight. Driveline system components are fabricated… More

Blast Protection and Damage Mitigation Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. D. Bulluck, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,984.00
Abstract:
Large bombs are the weapons of choice for global terrorist networks. Brutal attackers have become dangerously efficient at delivering these explosive devices to their intended targets. Fortification of Navy ships against these deadly explosions would greatly reduce the physical and psychological… More

Composite Masts and Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,955.00
Abstract:
Universal Modular Masts (UMM) are non-hull penetrating masts designed for advanced submarine systems. The UMM was developed for the Virginia Class Submarines, and is in production for both the Virginia and SSGN. The UMM approach is to have a common, universal mast design which can support all the… More

Polysulfide Modified Epoxy Novolac Cladding for Steel Immersion/Splash Zone Service

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Many commercial-off-the-shelf solvent-borne epoxy-based paints have been previously approved for use in submarine applications. Typically, these coatings are spray applied and the non-skid aggregate is broadcast over the paint prior to cure. Failures frequently occur and are due to poor match of… More

Pre-fragmented Warhead Plate for EX 171 ERGM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. Dingus, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
The MK48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) Heavyweight Torpedo is a primary submarine weapon and is considered the workhorse of the fleet. Flex hose assemblies are a major connectivity component that provides 100% accurate data exchange between the recently fired torpedo and the submarine, and are a key… More

Development of High-Temperature Aircraft Camouflage Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: J. Bulluck, Co-Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
During the reverse thrust landing, areas of the C-17 aircraft become very hot and the current aliphatic polyurethane camouflage coating discolors and delaminates. The uncoated metal is reflective giving the C-17 a clear visual signature and mitigating survivability. In the Phase I effort TRI/Austin… More

Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M. Dingus, Co-Principal Investigators
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
New lightweight armor materials are needed in order to provide adequate ballistic protection for military rotorcraft and their crew. Current armor plates have high aerial densities that add an unacceptable amount of weight to aircraft, reducing fuel efficiency and payload amounts. Texas Research… More

High-Temperature Integral Tank Sealant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: R. Moore, Co-Principal Investigtors
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has a long history of utilizing integral fuel tank technology as a mechanism for lowering weight and extending flight range and payload of its aircraft. A critical element in the use of these fuel tanks is that they be well sealed to the airframe. These elastomeric seals have been a… More

Lightweight Durable Intumescent Paint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Scientist
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
The USAF has a critical need for innovative, low observable, flame and heat resistant coatings for composite aircraft structures. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. proposes to build on our previous successful work with preceramic coatings to develop a new class of fire retardant, low observable… More

Advanced Nonskid Coating System for Mobile Airfield Landing Mats

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,200.00
Abstract:
The Marine Corps AM2 mat is a key component to the Marine Corps Expeditionary Airfield concept. These mats are robust and able to withstand tailhook impact and the landing loads imposed by aircraft even when installed over marginal soil conditions. The current coating needs frequent replacement due… More

Low-Cost Field-Installable Fiber Optic Cable Restoration (post splicing)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,270.00
Abstract:
Fiber optic cables are increasingly being used for advanced avionics on aircraft such as the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Innovative repair techniques and materials are needed for restoration of fiber optic cables that become fractured or severed during operations. Matching the… More

Low-Cost Composite Ball and Roller Bearings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Large steel ball and roller bearings are currently employed on many Department of Defense (DoD) weapon systems, which are typically exposed to harsh weather environments. Consequently, many of these bearings fail due to corrosion and lack of maintenance. The DoD recognizes the need to replace… More

Non-Destructive Grain Orientation Verification in Directionally Solidified Nickel Super alloy Turbine Blades

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: G. Matzkanin, Co-Principal Investigators
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Hot section temperatures of turbine engines have been gradually increasing over the past 50 years due to advances in cooling, materials, and processing technologies. Making nickel-alloy blades via directional solidification greatly increases thermomechanical fatigue resistance when the grain… More

Macrostructure Integration via Friction Stir Welding (FSW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Friction stir welding (FSW) can produce stronger, lighter, and more efficient welds than any previous process. In aluminum assemblies, FSW provides improved joint strength, fatigue properties and crack resistance compared to conventional arc welded or riveted joints. One of the current barriers to… More

Rapidly Emplaced Devices to Attach Sensors/Demolitions to Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $119,982.00
Abstract:
Explosive breaching is frequently the fastest and most combat-effective method to gain access to compounds, buildings, and rooms. Current explosive and sensor attachment methods are a logistical burden, difficult to use, messy, slow, unreliable, and may require fixtures to work. Improved methods… More

Development of Corrosion Test to Predict or Rank Corrosion Performance of Current and Novel Corrosion Inhibiting Sealants, Both Conductive and Non-Conductive, in Aggressive Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
Sealants are critical aerospace materials that require well-defined performance and lifetime characteristics. They perform multiple functions on aircraft but one of the more important functions is for prevention of corrosion. Some sealant application areas are expected to last the lifetime of the… More

High Damping Resin for Impregnation of Propulsion Scale Electric Machinery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,995.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) developed a unique polymer system that exhibited excellent damping ability, with loss factors greater than 0.75 over much of the 80-120 degrees C temperature range at 120 Hz frequency. Stator modal analysis and finite element analysis… More

High-Temperature Integral Tank Sealant

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Roger Moore, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
The Air Force has long utilized the integral fuel tank concept in the design of the airframes for its aircraft. These airframe designs require that the tanks have a sealant that will maintain the integrity of these structures under a wide range of environmental conditions. A particular need has… More

Lightweight Durable Intumescent Paint

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this endeavor is to develop innovative protective coatings that can be applied over composite structures and impart unique and vastly improved flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST) characteristics. Texas Research Institute Austin will build on our previously successful Phase I work to… More

Macrostructure Integration via Friction Stir Welding (FSW)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,981.00
Abstract:
Friction stir welding (FSW) can produce stronger, lighter, and more efficient welds than any previous process. In aluminum assemblies, FSW provides improved joint strength, fatigue properties and crack resistance compared to conventional arc welded or riveted joints. One of the current barriers to… More

Rapidly Emplaced Devices to Attach Sensors/Demolitions to Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,994.00
Abstract:
Our soldiers require new methods of attachment for munitions and sensors to unprepared and wet surfaces. Currently a variety of objects: magnets, anchors, shelves, tape, and adhesives are used in surveillance and demolition operations. All these methods of attachment have severe limitations.… More

Innovative Impact Energy Absorber Appliqué

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposed effort is to develop an innovative energy absorbing appliqué for armored tactical vehicles to reduce head and body impact injury from crashes and explosions. Severe head and body trauma resulting from vehicular accidents is a major concern to military. In our Phase… More

Ultra-Light Weight Energy Absorbing Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Army�s wheeled tactical vehicles are in need of lightweight ballistic protection that will provide sufficient defense for cargo in the open beds against ground fire and blast events. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel composite armor system that… More

Development of Lightweight and Low Cost Advanced Structural Materials for Off-board Surface Vessels (OBVs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: SCRA/ARDI
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
RI Contact: Ed Robinson
Abstract:
During Phase I, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) will develop new materials to reduce weight on Naval Off Board Vessels (OBVs). TRI/Austin will develop a new composite material for internal OBV applications that is lightweight, durable, fire resistant, and economical. The material… More

Durable, Low Radar Signature Return, Flight Deck Coating System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Surface combatant non-skid improvement has received high level attention over the past decade. Limited durability affecting logistical flexibility was recently ranked among the top five issues addressed by Navy PEO Carriers. Most commercially available non-skids utilize volatile organic compounds… More

Innovative Thermal/Chemical Resistant Coating Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Munitions containment for storage and transport requires protection of the contents from prolonged exposure to heat, incendiaries and accidental ballistic fragments. Commercial, off-the-shelf thermal paints have demonstrated successful results in this regard when exposed to fast cook off at… More

Motor Insulation Material Development for Improved Power Density

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
The propulsion motors under development for use on the U.S. Navy�s next generation destroyer, the DDG 1000, are in need of novel insulating resins that exceed the performance properties of the currently available vacuum-pressure impregnation (VPI) resins. Texas Research Institute Austin,… More

Development of Materials for Load bearing Sonar Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Project Manager
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
New better performing, high modulus, acoustic windows are required by the Navy for the DD(X ) and other programs. The new window materials requirements are strength, high modulus, low lossiness, inert, and acoustically well matched with seawater. The proposed new materials will be developed using… More

Data Fusion of Eddy Current, Ultrasonic, and Radiographic Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The availability of large area robotic scanners for nondestructive inspection (NDI) techniques such as ultrasound (UT) or eddy current (ET) and intrinsically area-based techniques such as digital radiography (DR) or thermography have changed the inspection process in the depot and field. Texas… More

Damage Identification Algorithms for Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Many nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) systems are available today, but currently lacking is a suite of algorithms to automatically analyze their data. Users are responsible for interpreting the data, which is not only significantly costlier in terms of time and… More

Development of Corrosion Test to Predict or Rank Corrosion Performance of Current and Novel Corrosion Inhibiting Sealants, Both Conductive and Non-Con

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Sealants are critical aerospace materials that require well-defined performance and lifetime characteristics. They perform multiple functions on aircraft but one of the more important functions is for prevention of corrosion. Some sealant application areas are expected to last the lifetime of the… More

Advanced Prognostic Health Management Technologies Using Integrated Detection Techniques with Physics of Failure Mode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The proportion of fatigue life that is expended during fatigue crack nucleation is significant in the materials and loading typical of aircraft structural components. The ability to measure or compute the time for fatigue damage to nucleate active fatigue cracks would allow the enhanced service… More

Corrosion Prediction for Nonchrome Based Coatings Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Coatings are critical aerospace materials that require well-defined performance and lifetime characteristics. They perform multiple functions on aircraft but one of the more important functions is for prevention of corrosion. Some coatings application areas are expected to last the lifetime of the… More

Intumescent Material Passive Fire Protection Technique for Aircraft Engine Nacelle

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,759.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I proposal responds to the USAF's critical need to develop universal, new and innovative, fireblock materials or technologies for thermal isolation of the engine nacelle area. Texas Research Institute Austin proposes to build our previously successful… More

Dielectric Measuring Tool for Radome Checkout

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Aircraft radomes must maintain high structural integrity while being transparent to radar. Radomes are commonly repaired by composite shops, and then tested for radar performance. There is currently no simple, small tool that can determine if a repaired area has proper radar performance. There is… More

In-Process Cure Monitoring of Specialty Material Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Radar Absorbing Material coatings are a necessary part of modern military aircraft. Such coatings greatly reduce aircraft radar signature, but there is currently no effective way to monitor the cure process, measure wet RAM thickness, determine the optimum time to apply the next layer or predict… More

Improved Masking Aides Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
There is a need for new masking technologies for aircraft manufacture. Military aircraft have specialty coatings applied to the outer mold line. Maskants must be used for protection against tooling, and to avoid overspray and accurately meet engineering edge of part requirements. Current… More

Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes into Materials with High Compressive Strengths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
High-strength concrete is vital in most fixed protective structures and ceramics are likewise critical for the containment of blast fragments and bullet penetrators. Concrete and ceramics exhibit mechanically brittle behavior due to their microstructure. The utilization of carbon nanotubes as… More

Pavement Material for Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Vertcal Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Joint Strike Fighter vertical takeoff and landing operations are expected to exert significantly harsher conditions on pavement materials than existing VTOL aircraft. It has been known for several years that during normal lift or landing, concrete has been shown to spall and age prematurely. A new,… More

Ultra-Portable, Low-cost, Nondestrutive Evaluation Technologies for Rapid Damage Assessment in Epoxy-based Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
In-theater operations of US Navy/Marine Corps aircraft can result in operational damage that requires rapid detection and repair so as not to interrupt mission operations. Multiple Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) technologies are available for in-depth analysis of suspected damage zones at… More

Lightweight, low-cost armor panels for installation in soft-walled shelters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Army's soft-sided shelters are in need of lightweight, modular, fire resistant, ballistic protection panels that will provide sufficient blast defense for personnel and equipment within the shelter. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel composite armor paneling… More

Advanced Structural Development of a Deployable Cargo Deck Covering System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mike Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The Landing Craft Air Cushion and future connectors like the Joint Maritime Assault Connector need to have a cargo deck cover to protect the fan blades from Foreign Object Damage, to protect the equipment on the deck from the salt and sand spray, and to make the deck habitable for transporting… More

Environmentally Friendly Removal of Fluid Contamination from Composite Aircraft Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Aerospace composite structures (e.g., carbon/epoxy) have enjoyed increasing use in aircraft manufacture over the last few decades. With strength-to-weight ratios superior to metal, their use has facilitated large decreases in aircraft weight. Composite structures often become contaminated by… More

Power Transmission Shafting for Air Cushion Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The US Navy operates Amphibious Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) to transport payloads between ships and shore in extremely harsh environments. The Navy intends to double the cargo capacity of current ACVs by developing a next generation vehicle with significant advances in structural efficiency. This… More

High Energy Material Containment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Chip Beebe, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The Navy desires a containment system that provides isolation of energetic materials, so that they can be stored and handled as an inert payload with minimal risk of activation or unconstrained release of energy. Current containers are heavy, costly, provide inadequate ballistic shielding, and do… More

Vynyl Ester Resins Without Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I proposal responds to the US Air Force's critical need to develop new and innovative Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) technologies based on vinyl ester resins for the construction of shelters, towers and radomes. Texas Research Institute Austin, in… More

Ambient Temperature-Curable Bond Primer for Bonded Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
New thermally resistant and ambient curable adhesive primers are required for aircraft repair. Structural repairs performed under ambient conditions yet providing high temperature resistance are highly desirable for both military and commercial aerospace sectors. TRI/Austin proposes the development… More

Universal Method of Bonding Steel Repairs to Aluminum Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Aircraft structural components requiring repair, such as in the C-130, generally bear multi-axial, complex loads and have limited available vicinal space in which to repair the damage and buttress the structure. Restricted space and component geometry limit repair member thickness and the area… More

Advanced Prognostic Health Management Technologies Using Integrated Detection Techniques with Physics of Failure Mode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
The proportion of fatigue life that is expended during fatigue crack nucleation is significant in the materials and loading typical of aircraft structural components. The ability to measure or compute the time for fatigue damage to nucleate active fatigue cracks allows the enhanced service usage of… More

Composite Fastener Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mike Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II proposal responds to the US Army critical needs to develop a JTRS MANPACK radio housing at a reduced overall weight compared to the current aluminum radio housing via a composite design and manufacturing concept that is lightweight, durable, and… More

Innovative Approaches For Light Weight Optically Transparent Energy Dispersing Composite Structural Windscreens

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DATYON RESEARCH
Principal Investigator: Mike Dingus, Principal Investigator/Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
RI Contact: Jon J. Nieberding
Abstract:
A new aircraft transparency material is needed to improve impact resistance while reducing the weight of current transparencies, including windscreens, canopies, and windows. TRI/Austin proposes to develop an optically clear laminate system applicable to numerous NAVAIR platforms. Investigations… More

Dielectric Measuring Tool for Radome Checkout

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Phase I showed that the proposed approach can solve the radome checkout problem. A handheld, low power microwave probe was built and tested on radomes containing a variety of flaws that cause radar performance problems, including thickness variations, moisture ingress, crushed core, delaminations… More

Penetrant Material Waste Reduction and Process Improvement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Conversion to water washable penetrants and use of dry powder developers shows promise to improve performance while significantly reducing waste streams by elimination of hydrophilic emulsifier and water based developer. These materials also will reduce equipment maintenance costs and costs… More

High-Temperature, Abrasion-Resistant Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The F-35 JSF aircraft imposes a demanding set of reliability requirements, particularly in regard to operation temperature. Millions of dollars are spent every year repairing coatings that cannot withstand high temperatures while maintaining mechanical properties, including those on BMI composite… More

High Speed Penetration Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Frank Zeller, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Penetrating warheads filled with High Explosives (HE) can prove ineffective in destroying deeply buried and harden military complexes. The objective of this proposed effort is to develop and empirically validate Finite Element Modeling (FEM) simulations that can accurately represent materials and… More

Materials Development for High Performance Solid Rocket Motor Cases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Extreme elevated temperatures are reached in solid rocket motors (SRM) applications which have traditionally required the use of both interior and exterior thermal insulation materials. The development of more thermally stable composites would mitigate the need for these insulation layers.… More

Modeling of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Processes for Reliability Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The time and cost to perform a comprehensive probability of detection (POD) study are significant and burdensome to the process of deploying new inspection methods and techniques. The complexity and cost of this effort require the development of model-assisted methods to determine the POD of new… More

Advanced Development for Defense Science and Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
To meet DoD combat requirements emerging in the next 10 to 15 years, "new multifunctional fiber materials and associated composite systems and processing techniques must be developed, and this development must start now." In making their projections for this technology, DoD expects that "one must… More

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

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,266.00
Abstract:
Current production methods for the composite galvanic isolation ply on the F-35 requires too much time for fabrication and are excessively expensive. TRI/Austin proposes to develop and test unique rapidly curing ultraviolet matrix resins producing innovative high performance, ambient storable,… More

Prodrugs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Chris Pavlos, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States, is diagnosed in more than one million people per year. Radiation and chemotherapy are systemically toxic treatments that indiscriminately kill healthy cells and cancer cells alike. Chemotherapy could be significantly improved by… More

Diver Safe Grease

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Submarine hangar areas have actuated parts (doors, hatches, etc.) that must be lubricated to ensure correct operation and long service-life. The Navy currently uses Termalene1/2, a hydrocarbon-based grease, for this purpose. Unfortunately, NAVSEA has found that Termalener off-gasses toxic… More

Low Cost, Low Weight Composite Structure using Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mike Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,273.00
Abstract:
The objective of the research is to screen lightweight composite manufacturing methods for rotorcraft airframes that are lower cost than the autoclave curing process. The suitability and durability of materials used for rotorcraft airframe parts must be established by approved tests to ensure the… More

Blast and Impact Resistance of Polyurea Coatings on Metallic and Non-Metallic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Ken Liechti
Abstract:
Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) proposes to utilize various software packages to model and design polyurea-based armor for improved blast and impact resistance of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). Two commercial polyurea systems and one previously developed… More

Innovative Impact Energy Absorber Applique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
Severe head and body trauma resulting from vehicular accidents and explosions is a major concern to the military. The objective of this Phase II effort is to develop and deliver quickly to the field, a cost effective Energy Absorbing (EA) applique for up-armored tactical vehicles. This EA applique… More

Innovative Thermal/Chemical Resistant Coating Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
Munitions containment for storage and transport requires protection of the contents from prolonged exposure to heat, incendiaries and accidental ballistic fragments. Commercial thermal paints have demonstrated successful results in this regard when exposed to fast cook off at approximately… More

Ambient Temperature-Curable Bond Primer for Bonded Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Current damage repair techniques use thermally accelerated adhesive bonding to restore the original design strength of sandwich structures. In practice, several significant problems exist with on-aircraft thermally cured sandwich repair methods. There is a critical need for new and better… More

Aircraft fatigue damage inspection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Currently to inspect for fatigue damage around fasteners in multi-layer structures requires either removing the fastener entirely or a perfect sealant layer between the layers for ultrasonic testing. We propose developing a novel inspection system that uses acoustic emission to inspect the… More

Assessment and Modeling of Shock and Vibration Performance of Lead-Free Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Lead based solders have been used for decades to make connections in electronic assemblies and has an established reliably record in high performance applications. As industry moves away from the use of lead in electronic assemblies to SAC alloys, the d

Development and Validation of Tin-Whisker Growth Model and Accelerated Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Reliabilities of lead-free soldered assemblies and surface finishes are different from heritage tin-lead eutectic alloys when used in high-performance or long-lived military and aerospace applications. Single crystal, beta-tin whiskers have erupted spontaneously from surfaces of lead-free soldered… More

Lightweight Structures Roadside Blast Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Erick Sagebiel
Abstract:
Explosions from landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan as the primary methods of the insurgent forces to engage lightly armored tactical vehicles. These explosive devices place our military troops and civilian personnel in constant peril,… More

Manufacturing of Physical Scale Models for Signature Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Louisville
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
RI Contact: Timothy Gornet
Abstract:
The Physical Scale Model (PSM) has performed a critical role in the characterization and remediation of magnetic signatures in Navy ships. The properly executed PSM permits the accurate sizing and location of degaussing systems. To be of cost benefit, the PSM must be constructed before the final… More

Penetrant Material Waste Reduction and Process Improvement

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Conversion to water washable penetrants and use of dry powder developers shows promise to improve performance while significantly reducing waste streams by elimination of hydrophilic emulsifier and water based developer. These materials also will reduce equipment maintenance costs and costs… More

Automated, Rapid Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) of Large Scale Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
The manual inspection of large composite structures on Navy aircraft such as the KC-130J wing trailing edge requires significant manpower and calendar time. This reduces the availability of assets to the warfighter and increases the life cycle cost of the aircraft. The team of Texas Research… More

Shape Changing, Reduced Density, Towed Array Hose

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Two problems affect Navy submarine towed arrays. The first problem is damage imparted to the array components by the handling system. The second problem is the noise generated by hose oscillation and turbulence that develops during submarine turns; the circular cylinder hose experiences a cross flow… More

Cosmetic Coating to Protect Unclothed Skin from Thermal (Burn) Injury

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,991.00
Abstract:
Currently, other than protective clothing there is no viable method for directly shielding dermal tissues from thermal insults. Thermal injuries to unprotected eyes and hands result in diminished full force projection for our troops. TRI/Austin is proposing an innovative protective hypoallergenic… More

Improved Reliability and Multi-modal Capability of Non-Destructive Inspection for Cracks and Corrosion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Texas Research Institute/Austin (TRI/Austin) has teamed with Computational Tools, Wesdyne, and NDE Technologies to propose the development and demonstration of multi-mode inspection concepts that will: reduce the cost of inspection improve the reliability of inspection, and enable faster deployment… More

Anodizing of Aluminum Parts for Small Arms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Individual racking of parts during anodization processes is time consuming and inefficient. The objective of this proposed effort is to develop a process that can anodize large number of small parts, fabricated from aluminum alloys, using a non-racking approach while maintaining high surface quality… More

Affordable High Rate Manufacturing Process for High Density Sub-Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
There is a requirement for lethal high density sub-projectiles that are affordable. Simple shapes, which are relatively inexpensive, lose lethality because of poor ballistic attributes. Machining these simple shapes to change attributes, in order to enhance their lethality, significantly increases… More

Disruptive fibers and textiles for flexible protec

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Development of ballistic grade fiber beyond aramid has not sufficiently evolved to achieve the performance requirements necessary for future personnel protection needs. New polymer fibers such as Zylon and M5 have shown promise, but long-term aging and difficulties in manufacturing respectively have… More

Modeling of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Processes for Reliability Assessment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $745,950.00
Abstract:
The time and cost to perform a comprehensive probability of detection (POD) study are significant and burdensome to the process of deploying new inspection methods and techniques. The complexity and cost of this effort require the development of model-assisted methods to determine the POD of new… More

Lightweight, low-cost armor panels for installation in soft-walled shelters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $728,677.00
Abstract:
Soft-sided shelters utilized by the U.S. Army are in need of lightweight, cost-effective, modular, high performance armoring panels to protect personnel within the structure from blast events that could occur in close proximity. During the Phase I effort

Manufacturing of Physical Scale Models for Signature Reduction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Louiville
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $493,455.00
RI Contact: Timothy Gornet
Abstract:
The suppression of a ship"s magnetic signature is important in the effort to thwart detection by adversarial forces and prevent engagement with magnetic fused weapons. There are two ways to model ship magnetic signatures; through the use of finite element based analytical models and through the… More

Built-In Damage State Detection and Localization Capabilities for Composite Engine Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Organic matrix and ceramic matrix composite (OMC and CMC) structures used in critical areas such as around engine inlets and exhaust wash structures are known to fail through both hygrothermal and oxidative degradation. Without a reliable means of monitoring the health of these high-temperature… More

Material Approaches to Mitigate Gap Filler Cracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Development of crack resistant conductive gap-fillers fits within the Air Force's goal of investing in low observable maintenance improvements that will decrease sustainment costs and reduce aircraft downtime. Commercially available gap-fillers are initially effective, but performance degrades… More

Improved Electrical Characteristics of Airborne Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The dielectric properties, and therefore the radar transmission abilities, of aircraft radomes are known to degrade over time. The physical mechanisms that allow/cause this degradation, however, are not well understood. TRI proposes to use its three decades of background in polymer and composite… More

Advanced Development for Defense Science and Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: George Hansen, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $749,995.00
Abstract:
Emerging combat conditions require new multifunctional fiber materials, associated composite systems and processing techniques to be developed starting now. As envisioned, these materials cannot be based on incremental gains made using current technology, but major leaps forward arising from… More

Cosmetic Coating to Protect Unclothed Skin from Thermal (Burn) Injury

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
Burns are generally prevented by clothing and materials that offer a considerable degree of thermal protection from high heat fluxes. However, because of ergonomic considerations select areas of the body including the face and the hands may not be covered during operations. What is desired is a… More

High-Temperature, Abrasion-Resistant Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $748,677.00
Abstract:
Many of the coatings used on composite aircraft cannot withstand high temperatures, especially while maintaining mechanical properties such as abrasion resistance. Abrasive challenges have plagued F-35 coated composites because of operating at 450 F (232 C) for extended periods of time while being… More

Diver Safe Grease

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,111,995.00
Abstract:
Submarines have actuated parts that must be lubricated with grease to ensure correct operation and long service-life. In dry deck shelters (DDS), which are enclosed areas, divers are subjected to fumes that may be off-gassed from these greases. The DDS's are subject to elevated temperatures and… More

Low Cost, Reliable Towed Sensors Handling Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Prinicpal Investigator
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
A systematic evaluation of multiple sensor array handling system concepts is proposed in which the performance of the current systems is used to establish a baseline. All attributes of the existing system are defined. All attributes of the proposed systems are evaluated. The scoring and weighting… More

Implosion-Proof SOF Mission Equipment Storage Container

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The ultimate goal of the Phase I effort is to research the most common failure modes of small implodable volumes in order to determine characteristics of the resultant shock wave and determine what hazards this shock wave represents to divers. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) will… More

Advanced Aluminum Cost-effective Joining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Friction stir welding (FSW) can produce stronger, lighter, and more efficient welds than any previous process. In aluminum assemblies, FSW provides improved joint strength, fatigue properties and crack resistance compared to conventional arc welded joints. One of the current barriers to widespread… More

Alternative Lightweight Solution to the E-SAPI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
Advancements in the Small Arms Protective Inserts are continually being made in order to provide lighter weight and more efficient ballistic protection for the U.S. Marine Corps and other military personnel. The USMC has challenged industry to develop new materials to achieve these goals. Texas… More

Magazine Lightweight Synthetic Decking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The United States Navy is in need of novel synthetic decking materials to level magazine decks that utilize the Universal Tie-Down System (UTDS). Current latex concrete products add over 300 tons of weight to a ship, and it is desired that this weight be reduced by 50% or more. Texas Research… More

Advanced Shock Mitigating Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Dingus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Sensitive equipment critical to successful LCS missions have been damaged due to excessive shock loading. The shock is transferred to the mission systems through rigid twist-lock connectors which secure mission module ISO containers to the LCS hull. TRI/Austin proposes to investigate state of the… More

Multi-Material Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
The use of graphite fiber reinforced composite materials in Navy ship applications has a number of potential benefits that can be attributed to the material's high specific strength and stiffness. However, graphite fiber can form a galvanic cell with the steel structure, especially at the joints… More

Long Term Behavior, Failure Analysis & In-Service Testing of Composite Cylinders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: George P. Hansen, Principal Scientist – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
TRI proposes to develop reliable methodology and protocols for in-service inspection,recertifying and retiring DOT COPVs to maximize service life while ensuring personnel safety. This method must be sufficiently robust to prevent in-service failures, while being straightforward and affordable enough… More

Conducting Stress-Strain Analysis by Remote Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Univ of Alabama - Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principle Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Gloria Greene
Abstract:
Cracks and loose fasteners are continuing structural problems on H-60 helicopters resulting in unexpected downtime to repair/replace structures. This reduces availability to the warfighter, increases risk, and is expensive and time consuming. The proposed embedded system would provide early… More

Powder Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Powder coatings are finding favor with the Air Force due to their reduction in hazardous waste streams since it is a 100% solids process. Unfortunately, traditional methods are not easily adaptable to large parts, as they can not be placed into an oven for curing. The development of an effective… More

Peel-and-Stick Nutplates

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
In the current aircraft manufacturing environment there is an ongoing need to increase production rates and efficiencies. One of the innovations that has decreased fabrication times is bonded nutplates. Adhesively bonded nutplates can be installed in a fraction of the time required for the… More

Multipurpose Non-Destructive Inspection Test Kit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
A wave of new inspection requirements is anticipated in the near future, accompanied by an increase in the number of candidate inspection techniques. Qualification of these will require an increasing number of QAPA studies. The lack of QAPA studies forces an overly conservative inspection… More

High-Temperature Ceramic Field Repair

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I proposal responds to the US Air Force critical needs to develop new materials and methods for the repair of ceramic structures. There are no existing field level rapid repairs of ceramics or CMCs being performed. Typically, these damaged… More

Expeditionary Matting/Soil Stabilization System (EMS3)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Soil stabilization matting is used to provide a temporary roadway for wheeled vehicles in areas otherwise rendered impassable due to soil conditions. As vehicles traverse unimproved terrain the travel conditions quickly degrade as each vehicle digs deeper trenches in soft soil. The problems with… More

Hazardous Material Satellite Storage Lockers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
The use of a multi-functional composite material will alleviate the requirements for expensive maintenance or replacement of satellite hazardous material storage lockers on Navy ships without sacrificing excellent fire protection. The composite material storage locker, consisting of a structural… More

Improved Accelerated Life Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The Navy spends $10 to 100 million per year on unexpected and premature failures of outboard equipment due to cathodic delamination of rubber-to-metal bonds on electrical cable connectors, sonar transducers and hydrophones and other hardware. The Navy has identified deficiencies in qualification… More

Engineering Sensors for Towed Array Reliability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
TRI/Austin has developed a concept for an Engineering Performance Measurement System (EPMS) to be used to monitor the engineering performance of the Vector Sensor Towed Array (VSTA) while the VSTA is undergoing handling and tactical operations. The EPMS will piggy back onto the VSTA power and data… More

Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Doyle Motes, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $97,729.00
Abstract:
The deployment of the C-RAM weapon system has increased the desire of the Army to have the ability to"dial in"a velocity to guns to respond to a wider range of scenarios. Responding to this request, TRI/Austin proposes designing, fabricating, and testing an electro-thermal launcher for a… More

Material Approaches to Mitigate Gap Filler Cracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Development of crack resistant conductive gap-fillers fits within the Air Force"s goal of investing in low observable maintenance improvements to reduce sustainment costs and aircraft downtime. Commercially available gap-fillers are initially effective, but performance degrades under thermal… More

Built-In Damage State Detection and Localization Capabilities for Composite Engine Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Organic matrix composite (OMC) structures used in critical areas such as around engine inlets and exhaust wash structures are known to fail through both hygrothermal and oxidative degradation. Without a reliable means of monitoring the health of these high-temperature composites,… More

Anodizing of Aluminum Parts for Small Arms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $749,978.00
Abstract:
Anodizing is the most common surface treatment of aluminum. The natural oxide layer formed provides excellent corrosion and wear resistance. Anodizing processes have relied heavily on the inefficient process of individual racking of the parts. Alternate techniques have been developed but surface… More

Conducting Stress-Strain Analysis by Remote Sensing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: University of Alabama Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $749,999.00
RI Contact: Wayne Thompson
Abstract:
Cracks and loose fasteners are continuing problems on H-60 helicopters causing: unexpected downtime; reduced availability to warfighters; increased risk; high expenses; and time lost. The proposed embedded system would provide early detection and assessment of loose fasteners and strain allowing… More

Potting Materials for Support of Test and Weapons Systems Electronics under Extreme High-G Loads and Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Precision guided munitions with miniaturized weapon fuses are widely used and a primary application for the proposed new generation of potting compounds. There are many polymeric encapsulants for electronics sold commercially and used extensively for printed circuit board applications. Commercial… More

Residual Property Prediction for Damage Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
To address the U.S. Army"s need to predict the residual strength of composite material laminates that have suffered impacts, Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) will integrate a set of new failure criteria into composite material laminate analysis programs that model the damage created… More

Manufacturing of Stress Physical Scale Models (SPSMs) for Signature Reduction and Resistance to Environmental Stress

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
The Stress Physical Scale Model (SPSM) is expected to perform a critical role in the characterization and remediation of magnetic signatures in Navy ships. The properly executed SPSM permits the accurate sizing and location of degaussing systems which can take into account the change in magnetic… More

HMMWV Variable Vehicle Cone Index (VCI)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Brushaber, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
The Marine Corps requires the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to have a not-to-exceed Vehicle Cone Index (VCI) of 25. Leveraging a preliminary design study already conducted, Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes to develop a Variable VCI System to detect the… More

Improved Resin Injection Repairs for Polymer Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Defective and damaged composites are costly to replace, and current repair materials and techniques are inadequate to restore maximum strength. The development of an effective repair resin coupled with a simplified repair method will allow CH-53K composite parts to be repaired in factory or field… More

Lightweight, Low Cost, Multiweapon Missile Canister

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The development of a lower weight MK 25 missile canister will allow performance enhancement of the ESSM through missile weight growth without requiring engineering and installation changes to the MK 41 VLS. A lower weight canister can be achieved through the judicious use of composite materials. In… More

Improved Electrical Characteristics of Airborne Radomes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Dielectric properties, and therefore radar transmission abilities, of radomes degrade with weathering, but the mechanisms causing degradation are not well understood. TRI proposes to use its three decade background in accelerated life testing; failure analysis; and composites to develop… More

Implosion-Proof SOF Mission Equipment Storage Container

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $762,264.00
Abstract:
The goal of the Phase II effort is to develop an optimized Special Operation Forces Mission Equipment Storage Container (SOF-MESC) based on the best design evaluated during Phase I. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) will develop an optimized man portable flexible container that… More

Development of Materials for Load bearing Sonar Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Sonar systems are critical Naval assets that require well-defined performance and lifetime characteristics. These systems are expected to last 15-20 years yet the qualification test methods currently used do not predict the lifetime field performance. During this Phase II effort, TRI/Austin, Inc.… More

Hazardous Material Satellite Storage Lockers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $374,811.00
Abstract:
The objective of the Phase II effort for SBIR Topic No. N102-144, Hazardous Material Satellite Storage Locker, is to develop a cost effective, corrosion resistant hazardous material storage locker that meets all of the shipboard deployment requirements and has acceptable weight and acquisition cost.… More

Hybrid Variable Velocity Electric Gun

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Doyle Motes, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $1,048,771.00
Abstract:
The deployment of the C-RAM weapon system in and around urban/suburban has increased the desire of the Army to have the ability to"dial in"a velocity to guns for response to a wider range of scenarios. Responding to this request, TRI/Austin will build upon its successful electro-thermal… More

RF Material Property Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The research team proposes to expand the capabilities of an existing microwave nondestructive evaluation (NDE) system that measures thickness, quantifies dielectric properties (e.g. loss tangent, phase shift, dielectric constant, conductivity), and detects flaws in composite materials. The… More

Innovative designs for reliable Electro-Explosive Ordnance Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Doyle Motes, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
Issues with electro-explosive device (EED) initiators on interceptors have caused the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to investigate novel ideas to increase EED reliability. TRI/Austin proposes designing, fabricating, and testing novel electro-explosive devices utilizing magnetic saw initiators to… More

Long-Term Missile Aging Assessment&Reliability Predictions for Polymer Materials and Electronic Parts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Methods have been recently developed by TRI/Austin Inc. that permit accelerated life testing (ALT) exposures at lower temperatures which are more realistic and that reduce the risk of introducing failure mechanisms that are not representative of actual service conditions. The feasibility of using… More

Craft Hull Impact and Abrasion Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
A polymeric based hull protection system will be developed. The development will take three approaches. In the first approach, plates of Aluminum 5086 will be bonded to the hull in appropriate locations. In the second approach, polymeric energy absorbing layers will be applied to the hull in… More

Improved Anti-Corrosion Coatings for Undersea Cable Connectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) first developed non-conductive coatings (NCC) for marine connector applications in the mid 1990"s. These coatings are applied by a plasma spray process, and the patented technology has reduced the cost of ownership for the U.S. Navy by reducing down… More

Cold Temperature Hydraulic Seals for Aerospace Hydraulic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $148,657.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Elastomeric O-rings provide a critical sealing function for the hydraulic system of extended service high altitude unmanned aircraft. These new mission requirements translate into service temperatures as low as -100oF and as high as 275oF, in the presence of red hydraulic fluid. The… More

Improved Bearing Material for Aircraft Carrier Arresting Gear Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Brad Rix, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Current phenolic-based composites used for the slippers of the MK 7 arresting gear system have insufficient wear resistance to ensure an extended service life, and are subject to swelling when exposed to shipboard fluids. The resulting unscheduled maintenance repairs are costly, and the Navy seeks… More

Innovative Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) System Capable of Detecting, Localizing, and Characterizing Damage in Composite Aircraft Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Russell Austin, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Some success has been achieved with SHM of with simplified composite aircraft structures in laboratories. However, more complex structures with thickness variations, stiffeners, bonded joints; fasteners etc have been less successful. This is becoming a very serious issue, as the new H53-K uses large… More

Manufacturing of Stress Physical Scale Models (SPSMs) for Signature Reduction and Resistance to Environmental Stress

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $497,638.00
Abstract:
The use of stress physical scale models allows the Navy to design ship magnetic field signature reduction systems into Navy vessels. Current methods for fabricating the stress physical scale models (SPSM) are expensive and are not timely enough to allow introduction of the signature reduction system… More

Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) for recrystallized grains in single crystal superalloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Warchol, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Recently, the F-35 program experienced fatigue cracking in a low pressure turbine blade inside the F135 engine from recrystallization (RX). These problems cost the program time and money, strain the political capital necessary to sustain a large weapons program, and undermine the confidence of… More

FLEXIBLE LATERAL MISSILE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Payload stored in multiple all-up-round canisters (MACs) critical to Ohio- and Virginia-class sub missions is susceptible to damage from excessive shock and vibration loading. TRI/Austin proposes to investigate a state of the art lateral missile support system to resolve this issue. A preliminary… More

Alternative Energy Sources for Heating Rations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Harry Perkinson, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Texas Research Institute Austin (TRI/Austin) is proposing to build an energy supply system for the Tray Ration Heating System (TRHS) that will eliminate the use of JP-8 fuel as an energy source to heat the rations. There are three operational conditions when the TRHS needs to be supplied with… More

HMMWV Variable Vehicle Cone Index (VCI)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Brushaber, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $495,972.00
Abstract:
Marine forces of the future will be significantly more agile, lethal, mobile, and survivable. The current limitation on tactical wheeled vehicles is at the tire/terrain interface. Tactical wheeled vehicles need the ability to adapt to rapidly changing terrain conditions and missions by developing a… More

Structural Reliability Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Forsyth, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: TRI/Austin and the University of Texas at San Antonio have teamed to develop and demonstrate a complete set of modules and a framework for structural reliability analysis for the Air Force. These modules will be developed with a scriptable interface to enable the structural engineer to… More

Chrome-Free Room Temperature Curing Fuel Tank Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Bulluck, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Fuel tanks for aircraft commonly utilize a hexavalent chromated polyurethane coating acting as corrosion protective secondary containment for fuel. The coating service range is from -65 to 250oF. New effective coatings free of hexavalent chromium corrosion inhibitors and offering rapid… More

Automated Surface Microstructure Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Process for Aerospace Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Mark Warchol, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: TRI/Austin proposes to develop an ultrasonic (UT) based non-destructive evaluation (NDE) system that can detect and characterize the tailored surface grain size distribution in aerospace nickel and titanium alloys. Many metals are now engineered via heat treating processes to adjust the… More

Methodologies for Predicting Dormant Missile Reliabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Frank Zeller, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Reliability of weapon systems after periods of storage dormancy has long been a significant concern throughout military history. The trend in missile systems over prior decades has been toward greater sophistication, complexity, and longer periods of dormancy while in transportation and… More

Adaptable Standardized Modular Infrastructure for Optimal Space Utilization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert Brushaber, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
To address the Navy"s need for an innovative manufacturing processes and materials to produce a shower stall that is affordable, modular, corrosion resistant, water tight, and can be built with the minimal number of standardized components to reduce the production time and overall life-cycle… More

Waterproof Towed Array Hosewall

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Rock Rushing, Principal Investigator – (512) 263-2101
Award Amount: $79,996.00
Abstract:
High moisture permeation rates through hose wall materials are a primary failure mode for the design currently used in fat line towed arrays. These premature failures are extremely costly in terms of repair, and the loss of sensors in the towed array impacts submarine mission capability. The high… More