Innovative Ultra Violet and Ozone Resistant Material for Hydraulic Clamp Cushions
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-021
Topic Title: Innovative Ultra Violet and Ozone Resistant Material for Hydraulic Clamp Cushions
Proposal No.: N181-021-0659
Firm: Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, Texas 77845
Contact: Sanjiv Lalwani
Phone: (979) 764-2200
Web Site:
Abstract: In an effort to extend the service life of the Navyƒ?Ts aging fleet of F/A-18E-F Super Hornets, the U.S. Navy has launched a comprehensive modification program to enable the fighter jets to fly more than 50-percent longer than originally intended. Under the PMA 265 Acquisition Program, it is expected to push the flight hours of the Hornetƒ?Ts Service Life Extension Program from 6,000 flight hours in some cases beyond 10,000 flight hours. A current issue associated with the maintenance of the aircraft platforms are the indirect costs associated with clamp cushion (MIL-DTL-85052 B clamp loop cushion) failures that crack shortly after installation on aircrafts due to Ultraviolet (UV) and ozone exposure. Given this situation, the Navy is seeking alternative materials for hydraulic clamp cushions that are resistant to UV and ozone exposure and compatible with the respective JP-4 (MIL-DTL-5624) and petroleum based hydraulic fluid (MIL-PRF-5606) used by the Navy. To address the challenge of this Phase I opportunity, Lynntech will develop an omniphobic, UV and ozone resistant cushion material for the MIL-DTL-85052 B clamp that is highly responsive to the Navyƒ?Ts unique environmental requirements for their hydraulic, fuel and electrical clamp applications.
Benefits: The developed technology will have an anticipated impact on military and civilian organizations. The initial beneficiary of the technology will be the U.S. Navy with an improved clamp cushion material for application on their aircraft units and electronic applications. It is anticipated that the versatility of this technology makes it suitable for use in a wide selection of industries. Alternative versions of this material technology would be utilized in the market of silicones that are used in construction, textiles and day-to-day goods.