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Optimized Process for Ultrasonic Consolidation 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
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
WV 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV 26059-1139
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Optimized Process for Ultrasonic Consolidation of Metallic Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-12-P-0157
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The overall objective of the proposed effort is to develop an improved ultrasonic consolidation process for metal matrix composites (MMCs). This will be done through the development and validation of multiscale models of the bonding process and the laminated structures produced. These models will facilitate the optimization of the in-coming material, the structural performance of the processed material, and the production costs. Touchstone Research Laboratory (Touchstone) will team with the University of Delaware"s Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) to accomplish the objective. The approach will be to evaluate every aspect of the process to achieve the desired process improvements. Touchstone will use its materials and process knowledge to supply input to the modeling effort and will provide the MMC prepreg tape material for process validation trials. UD-CCM will support Touchstone by modeling the ultrasonic process and using the models to optimize the process and the materials.

Principal Investigator:

Paul McElroy
Dir, Structures&Materials
(304) 547-5800

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Kraftician
(304) 547-5800
Small Business Information at Submission:

Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Delaware
Research Office
210 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716-
Contact: Cordell Overby
Contact Phone: (302) 831-2136