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Shape Memory Polymer Bladder Tooling

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 08-030
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road Dayton, OH 45440-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Shape Memory Polymer Bladder Tooling
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-10-C-0030
Award Amount: $749,147.00


Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) proposes to demonstrate the benefits of shape memory polymer (SMP) bladder tooling for fabrication of a composite Navy rotorcraft part. CRG's SMP bladder tooling reduces labor costs and manufacturing time for fabricating complex composite parts. Conventional silicone or latex bladders are not rigid enough to support composite lay-up before custom molding. This process is labor intensive, can produce seams, wrinkles and bridging, and often results in inaccurate part shapes. These drawbacks have led to the theory of an inflatable bladder core used as the mandrel, but conventional bladder cores lack the structural integrity required for accurate composite lay-up. SMP bladders operate both as rigid mandrels and inflatable bladder cores initially providing a rigid, durable surface for composite lay-up, then flexibility and inflatability when the part is formed against the interior of the final mold. Phase I demonstrated SMP bladder tooling feasibility for composite fabrication of a representative part. Phase II will focus on using SMP bladder tooling to fabricate a full-scale composite Navy rotorcraft part.

Principal Investigator:

Joel Everhart
Research Engineer

Business Contact:

Stephen Vining
VP Government Programs
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Road Dayton, OH 45440

EIN/Tax ID: 311517769
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No