UES Wins SBIR Phase II Contract

May 02, 2018

It's National Small Business Week and UES is excited to be celebrating small business wins! We are pleased to announce that a UES-led team recently won a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract for developing high temperature wire insulation. The team will also include with UDRI and Astro Inc. collaborators. Funded by the US Navy, this effort aims to develop a high performance wire construction for use in a flexible harness. This will be used for engine applications and will be able to withstand the severe environment of an engine bay of an H60 helicopter.

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High temp, high performance wire insulation for H60 helicopter

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages US-based small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. UES won this award by demonstrating the technology's feasibility in a Phase I effort, and aims to mature this in Phase II.

In Phase I, the UES-led team successfully demonstrated a lab-scale flexible high temperature wire coating, which passed all specified testing. The prototype they developed differentiated itself against current materials in a needle abrasion test. The UES coated wire survived 10 to 50 times more cycles than uncoated wires after exposure to 425°C for 50 hours. In Phase II, the team will scale up the wire production process and increase the margin of safety through validation testing at 450°C.

This proposed work could allow for the use of high-temperature, flexible harnesses in current and future military and commercial engine applications. 

Read also: UES Wins Two New Phase I SBIR Awards

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