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Carbon Foam Composite Tooling

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
64209
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
031-0230
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Carbon Foam Composite Tooling
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-04-C-7091
Award Amount: $924,980.00
 

Abstract:

Touchstone Research Laboratory has developed a novel material, CFOAMr. The primary enabling carbon foam characteristic is that the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) values are comparable to carbon fiber polymer matrix systems in manufacturing advanced composites. Other advantages of carbon foam-based tools are low mass, reduced energy, easy modifications, unmatched repair capabilities, and reduced cycle times. The primary competitive advantage is the 50% acquisition and life-cycle cost savings. In Phase I, Touchstone, Alliant Tech Systems (ATK), and Vanguard Composites demonstrated the concept of using carbon foam-based tooling for large aerospace composite part manufacturing. Trade studies were completed and a sub-scale demonstration tool fabricated, a sub-scale version of a THAAD Kill Vehicle Mid-Body heat shield. Quality hybrid composite parts were produced from the tool. The full-scale THAAD tool will be produced in Phase II. The Phase II effort involves moving the development process into rate MDA manufacturing programs. ATK will assist the effort with a parallel case study; manufacturing an Atlas V composite conic adapter with CFOAM tooling. A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 8 will be achieved with demonstrations on two MDA-related programs, THAAD and the Atlas V launch system.

Principal Investigator:

Richard A. Guth
Program Manager
3045475800
rag@trl.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Joseph
President
3045475800
bej@trl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre R.R. 1, Box 100B Triadelphia, WV 26059

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No