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Long Out-time, Out-of-Autoclave Cure Composites

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094612
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.03
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Applied Poleramic, Inc.
6166 Egret Court Benicia, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Long Out-time, Out-of-Autoclave Cure Composites
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CA77C
Award Amount: $598,247.00
 

Abstract:

As the size of composite parts exceed that of even the largest autoclaves, new out-of-autoclave processes and materials are necessary to achieve the same level of performance as autoclave cured composites. Many of the new out-of-autoclave prepreg systems can be used to manufacture high quality composites initially but the lay-up time for producing quality parts is limited by the short shelf-life at ambient conditions. The resin advancement, due to long lay-up times, commonly causes variations in fiber volume and higher void content in the cured structures. Also, current out-of-autoclave prepreg systems do not provide the same level of performance, especially damage tolerance, as many current autoclave cured prepreg systems. It is the objective of this work to develop a matrix and prepreg system for out-of-autoclave processing that possesses a year plus shelf-life while also providing an excellent balance of composite properties and damage tolerance. As an additional functionality, the out-of-autoclave prepreg system will be developed to have inherent skin-core self adhesive characteristics so that film adhesives may not be required for designs with honeycomb structures. It is expected that the TRL will be 6 at the end of this Phase 2 program.

Principal Investigator:

Brian S. Hayes
Principal Investigator
7077076738
hayesb1@sbcglobal.net

Business Contact:

Brian S. Hayes
Business Official
7077076738
hayesb1@sbcglobal.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Poleramic, Inc.
6166 Egret Court Benicia, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 680255671
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No