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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  AF071-129 (AirForce)
Title:  Manufacturing Process Development of High-Performance Treated Honeycomb Core for Radar Absorbing Application
Research & Technical Areas:  Materials/Processes

 The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
  Objective:  Develop an advanced capability to manufacture high-performance treated honeycomb core for the production of radar absorbing edges used in military applications.
  Description:  Current manufacturing techniques for treated honeycomb core are performed using flow coat and dip processing of honeycomb core blocks. These processes yield low-performing parts due to the limited capability to control tolerances. Furthermore, these processes limit the capability to design edges with desired radar-absorbing characteristics.

  PHASE I: The Phase I research will identify the critical technology challenges, develop prototype manufacturing processes, and demonstrate manufacturing capability to accurately control desired performance, and define the Phase II approach.
  
  PHASE II: The Phase II effort will scale up and demonstrate manufacturing capability of high-performance treated honeycomb core.

  DUAL USE COMMERCIALIZATION: Military application: Treated honeycomb core has other military applications for electro-magnetic interference (EMI) protection. Commercial application: Treated honeycomb core has commercial applications for electro-magnetic interference (EMI) protection.

  References:  1. Radar-Absorbing Material: A Passive Role in An Active Scenario, Richard N. Johnson, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNTERMEASURE HANDBOOK (11th Edition)

Keywords:  radar absorbing structures, manufacturing processes, honeycomb core, treated materials

Questions and Answers:
Q: What are the mechanical and physical material properties required for this application?
A: . . . response pending . . .
Q: What are the mechanical and physical material properties required for this application?
A: . . . response pending . . .

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