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Affordable Reinforced Polymer Composite Structures with embedded electrical…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-025-0364
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-025
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Taylor & Lego Holdings, LLC / Rapid Composites
34655 State Road 70 E. Myakka City, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Affordable Reinforced Polymer Composite Structures with embedded electrical interfaces
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7373
Award Amount: $99,974.00
 

Abstract:

This proposal details inventive ways for developing affordable reinforced polymer structures with embedded electrical interfaces. Recent developments in the use of advanced composites for rapidly fabricating cylindrical missile shells have shown that it is possible to incorporate complex circuitry into the missile skins. Illustrations are provided that demonstrate significant increases in the strength of a missile section by adding power rails, specifically designed to enhance the bend and fracture toughness of the missile shell while providing high current carrying capability. The technology described herein paves the way for producing missile sections that can be attached together in any configuration to construct a uniquely customized system for meeting changing warfighter requirements. The authors of this proposal have designed, developed and demonstrated several new and unique manufacturing methods using thermoplastics that allow pre-consolidated and pre-impregnated materials to be heated within a mold and hot stamped in less than 30 seconds to the final net shape of complex parts. This is presently the fastest continuous fiber molding process in the world. This process can be used to fabricate missile sections and components with embedded electrical traces in a fraction of the time currently required for thermoset materials and with significant cost savings.

Principal Investigator:

Alan Taylor
President
(941) 322-6647
ataylor@rapidcomposites.com

Business Contact:

Alan Taylor
President
(941) 322-6647
ataylor@rapidcomposites.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Taylor & Lego Holdings, LLC / Rapid Composites
34655 State Road 70 E. Myakka City, FL -

EIN/Tax ID: 582507760
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No