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Improved Manufacturing Technologies for Polymer Matrix Composite Engine…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
79039
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-115-2649
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MAVERICK CORP.
11379 Grooms Road Blue Ash, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Improved Manufacturing Technologies for Polymer Matrix Composite Engine Components
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5307
Award Amount: $79,883.00
 

Abstract:

The recent development of AFR-PE-4E polyimide composites has increased the high-temperature performance of military engine structures due to weight reduction. But, to take full advantage of this "new" composite system, and to compete against titanium, low-cost manufacture of AFR-PE-4E resin and prepreg must be achieved. Current F135 and F136 engines slated for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) require three ducts that total up to 300 pounds per engine. AFR-PE-4E composite has currently been selected for these structures which will require continuous service temperatures in excess of 316ºC (600ºF) while retaining maximum physical strength. The high cost of AFR-PE-4 resin is primarily driven by the high cost of the 4-PEPA and 6FDA monomers. Reducing the AFR-PE-4E resin cost can be realized through obtaining alternate sources for these monomer components, so the major goal of the Phase I SBIR program is to jump-start work to identify a combination of lower cost monomer suppliers and demonstrate their suitability through fabrication of carbon uni-tape prepreg trial lots. Chemical characterization testing is planned to provide a thorough assessment of batch-to-batch reproducibility, storage stability, and reactive behavior. The thermal performance, processing characteristics, and cost benefits will be determined and compared to the baseline AFR-PE-4E material.

Principal Investigator:

Robert A. Gray
President
5134699919
rgray@maverickcorp.com

Business Contact:

Eric W. Collins
Treasurer
5134699919
ecollins@maverickcorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MAVERICK CORP.
11379 Grooms Road Blue Ash, OH 45242

EIN/Tax ID: 311376539
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No