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June 30th, 2010

Company's focus on tiny products yields big idea

Abstract:
A burn test that reached temperatures comparable to a fiercely blazing house fire preceded the young scientists' eureka moment in San Antonio.

As did an earlier detonation of a land mine and a process replicating the impact of high-caliber shrapnel.

On Aug. 17, the two men from Blacksburg-based NanoSonic watched as the independent Southwest Research Institute tested their high-tech resin's capacity to resist and restrict damage from both explosive blasts and intense heat -- qualities sought by the U.S. Navy to protect its fleet.

"My reaction to the [burn test] was nearly incredulous, knowing we had already demonstrated blast protection through C-4 land mine and .50-caliber fragment-simulating projectile testing," said Vince Baranauskas, 31, NanoSonic's director of polymer science and engineering.

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