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Low Cost Composite Structure For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Webcore Technologies, Inc.
8821 Washington Church Road Miamisburg, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Low Cost Composite Structure For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-01-C-5027
Award Amount: $0.00


This Phase II SBIR project is directed towards developing TYCOR(tm) fiber reinforced foam composite materials and sandwich panels for low cost design and manufacturing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) airframe fuselage and other components.TYCOR composite material has been developed and patented by WebCore Technologies, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio. TYCOR materials are ideally suited for structural applications that require low cost, damage tolerant composite sandwich panels. WebCore's patentedprocess integrates dry glass or carbon fiber reinforcements in a three-dimensional geodesic architecture through the thickness of low-density foam. TYCOR materials are designed for low-cost vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process, where theporous fiber reinforcements act as resin flow channels during molding and the entire core and skin assembly co-cures to produce an integrated robust structure.The initial work done in Phase I has shown significant promise and proven the feasibility of manufacturing UAV airframe components with TYCOR composite materials in VARTM process. Phase II work will involve development of automated manufacturing process,materials testing and design database, design and analysis tools, quality assurance methods and VARTM molding process for TYCOR materials and products.

Principal Investigator:

Dan Hutcheson
Vice President - Engineer

Business Contact:

Dan Hutcheson
President and COO
Small Business Information at Submission:

Webcore Technologies, Inc.
591 Congress Park Drive Dayton, OH 45459

EIN/Tax ID: 311360537
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No