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Innovative AFR-VARTM resin and HTVARTM processing

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
83331
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-013-0042
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Innovative AFR-VARTM resin and HTVARTM processing
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0101
Award Amount: $99,989.00
 

Abstract:

High Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites (HTPMCs) are needed in advanced aerospace systems but their use is limited by manufacturing cost. Vacuum-Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) produces low cost composites but currently isn't used with HTPMC's due to high resin viscosity even at elevated temperatures. Infoscitex (IST) proposes to create AFR-VARTM resin via addition of compatible reactive diluents (RDs) to commercially available AFR-RTM. RD's in the system will significantly reduce resin viscosity during heated VARTM and will lead to additional crosslinking upon cure to create a strong hydrophobic resin matrix with enhanced hot/wet performance without evolution of volatiles. Reduced resin viscosity in combination with compatible, functional sizing will facilitate resin wet-out and rapid wicking into the fabric perform. Microcracks will be prevented by blending mono- and difunctional RD which cures to a more linear molecular structure with less shrinkage and lower stress. Phase I thermal, physical and mechanical evaluation on multiple formulations will lead to down selection of the AFR-VARTM system and processing conditions. Phase II includes material and process optimization, manufacturing scale up and will culminate in the fabrication of a sub-scale demonstration article. Program partners include UDRI, Maverick, Hydrosize, Fabric Development, and Pratt & Whitney.

Principal Investigator:

Tom Fusco
Senior Engineer, Program Manager
7818901338
tfusco@infoscitex.com

Business Contact:

William Thompson
Contracts Manager
7818901338
bthompson@infoscitex.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INFOSCITEX CORP.
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTI
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2912
Contact: Jon Nieberding
Contact Phone: (937) 229-2919
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university