Project Announcement: High Temperature Polymers to Improve Reliability of Structures in Extreme Environments

The US Department of Defense is partnering with industry and academia on an initiative to advance the state of development and testing of high temperature polymers and their composites and analyze advanced manufacturing processes to improve the performance and lifecycle of structures and parts operating in extreme environmental conditions.

This initiative will explore, identify, and prioritize new polymer chemistry molecular architectures for rapid advanced development for pilot-scale high-temperature polymer and precursor syntheses, precursor analyses, precursor scale-up reactor engineering, prepreg engineering, infiltration and infusion engineering, green structure consolidation and panel fabrication, laminate characterization and testing, multiscale computational modeling, and composite prototype design for evaluation.

The benefits sought in designing nanocomposites include any one or combination of (often dramatically) increased stiffness (modulus), strength, dimensional stability, thermal stability, electrical conductivity, flame retardancy, chemical resistance, and/or optical clarity; decreased gas, water, and oil permeability; and more attractive surface appearance.

If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.

Interested Submissions Due by 8/15/2023.

We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).