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Directed Heating System for High Speed Manufacturi

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
92245
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-031-0468
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Directed Heating System for High Speed Manufacturi
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-10-C-0005
Award Amount: $69,522.00
 

Abstract:

Polymer matrix thermoplastic (e.g., PEEK/IM7) composites exhibit excellent toughness, fatigue strength, and strength-to-weight characteristics over their all-metal counterparts. These characteristics make them desirable for high performance military structures such as artillery components for Mounted Combat Systems, aircraft components, and hulls for underwater vehicles. Currently, Automated Tape Laying (ATL) machines accomplish in-situ matrix heating, winding, and compaction of the composite prepreg tape onto mandrels. As a result of indirect and ineffective heating, both the prepreg winding tension and the tape feed rates are limited by the current ATL machines. Creare's innovation is a novel Directed Heating System (DHS) that deposits directed and localized energy into the prepreg tape using a laser that can be easily and safely integrated with the fiber placement head on any ATL machine platform. During the Phase I project, we will assemble the DHS, complete pre-production tests on composite parts, and design the system for integration on off-the-shelf ATL machines. During Phase II, we will complete the system design, integration, testing, and transition the technology.

Principal Investigator:

Jay C. Rozzi, Ph.D.
Principal Engineer
6036433800
jcr@creare.com

Business Contact:

James J. Barry
President
6036433800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CREARE, INC.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH 03755

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No