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Software Tool for Composite Durability Prediction

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
78140
Program Year/Program:
2006 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A064-027-0306
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Metis Design Corporation
10 Canal Park Suite 601 Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Software Tool for Composite Durability Prediction
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9132T-06-C-0026
Award Amount: $99,926.00
 

Abstract:

Durability is the effect of time dependant processes, including fatigue, creep, moisture absorption, thermal-oxidation, abrasion, chemical reactions and physical ageing on mechanical properties. The ability to predict accurately the durability of composite materials and structures is critical to successfully designing for longevity. The existence of models alone is not sufficient; practical software tools must exist to employ these models reliably and efficiently in design. They must also link the multiple lengthscales at which the physical aspects of these models are based in order to provide an overall integrated tool. During the proposed research, MDC will leverage extensive composite design experience to develop a software tool for rapid durability analysis of proposed repair/upgrade/reinforcement. First, a simple graphical interface will collect information regarding the material system, cure cycle, surface onto which the composite is applied and the anticipated environmental load profile over time. Next, these characteristics will be used within several interactive models to deduce the degraded performance predicted. Finally, figures will represent key mechanical properties of the composite over time, which could use for design purposes. MIT will work with MDC during the course of this research to assist in the experimental validation and calibration of the various composite durability models.

Principal Investigator:

Seth Kessler
6176615616
skessler@metisdesign.com

Business Contact:

Seth Kessler
President
6176615616
skessler@metisdesign.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

METIS DESIGN CORP.
222 Third Street Cambridge, MA 02142

EIN/Tax ID: 043670030
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MIT
77 Massachusetts Av
Cambridge, MA 02139
Contact: Paul A. Lagace
Contact Phone: (617) 253-3628
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university