The U.S. Army seeks to develop high-strength, high-elongation, corrosion-resistant adhesives with a low curing temperature (under 80 degrees Fahrenheit). These adhesives are intended for use with lightweight composite materials, some of which experience degradation at higher curing temperatures.
The U.S. military and the manufacturing industry are transitioning away from traditional industrial metals to new substances, such as aluminum, magnesium alloys, titanium, lightweight steel, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP), and composite materials that consist of combinations of the above. These materials have the benefit of being strong but lightweight and show enormous potential in the construction of more fuel-efficient automobiles and aircraft. However, they require adhesive-based joining methods (as opposed to traditional fasteners or welding), and these joints must be able to withstand high strain.
Those interested in participating in this project should contact Lisa Stobierski by 5/14/2018. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).