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Manufacturing Process Optimization of Ultrasonic Bonding of Metallic Composites

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
ADC Acquisition Co. dba Automated Dynami
407 Front Street Schenectady, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Manufacturing Process Optimization of Ultrasonic Bonding of Metallic Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-12-P-0153
Award Amount: $99,999.00


This project will build on a substantial body of empirical research to develop and validate multiscale models of ultrasonic bonding during tape placement of metal matrix composite (MMC) structures. Experiments to-date have been guided by knowledge of the ultrasonic bonding of metals heuristically applied to the more complex problem of bonding MMCs. While all scales are of interest in a complete understanding of ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) of MMCs, we will focus on the largest and most relevant scales initially. By using multiscale models that simulate how materials respond to processing conditions we can reduce the number of large-scale experiments while shortening the development cycle. Current issues in UAM of MMCs include first ply bond, surface morphology, thermal/ultrasonic process window, thermally induced stress, work hardening, void dynamics, reinforcement damage, and structural resonances. UAM is currently being used for rapid prototypes including tooling, embedded sensors, and other applications. UAM with MMCs is ideal for high performance applications such as reinforced gun & mortar tubes for sustained fire as well as other military, industrial, downhole, and aerospace structures where service temperatures exceed the capabilities of polymer matrix composites.

Principal Investigator:

David Hauber
Technical Director
(518) 377-6471

Business Contact:

Robert Langone
(518) 377-6471
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADC Acquisition Co. dba Automated Dynamics
407 Front Street Schenectady, NY -

EIN/Tax ID: 161529403
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Edison Welding Institute
1250 Arthur E Adams Drive
Columbus, OH 43221-3585
Contact: Karl Graff
Contact Phone: (614) 688-5000