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High Temperature Thermosetting Resins

The US Air Force seeks a partner to license and commercialize novel thermosetting resins that offer high thermal stability with ease of processing.

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The Technology: 

High temperature thermosetting polymer materials are often used in adhesives, sealants, and composite resins for applications that involve exposure to elevated temperatures. Such applications include integrated circuit housings, turbine brush seals, capacitors, airframes, radomes, and radiation-resistant structures.

There is an ongoing need to improve the thermo-chemical stability of cured resins in environments involving both elevated temperature and exposure to chemical agents (such as oxygen, water vapor, and acid vapor). In this context, the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate has developed and patented a new class of high temperature thermosetting resins for use in solid rocket motor casings, missiles, and spacecraft as well as gaskets, sealants, and adhesives. The AFRL thermosetting resins may consist of trifunctional and tetrafunctional silicon containing terminal reactive groups such as cyanate esters or phthalonitriles in which silicon serves as a network junction point, providing an increase in glass transition temperature. The resins are compatible with industry standard manufacturing practices including resin transfer molding, resin infusion molding, filament winding, and may be used as materials for additive manufacturing.

Benefits: 

• Improved thermal stability over conventional resins (fully cured, Tg>360°C)
• Compatible with cost-effective manufacturing methods including: resin transfer molding, resin infusion molding, filament winding, additive manufacturing
• Very low fraction of uncured reactive groups translating to improved hydrolytic stability relative to other cyanate esters
• Widespread applicability for use in adhesives, sealants, and composite resins

The Opportunity: 

• Issued US Patents: 9,217,064 and 9,255,186 are available for license
• Potential for collaboration with AFRL inventor team and laboratory
• Additional information available at http://techlinkcenter.org/thermoset

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