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