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Cost Effective Processing Equipment for Large Composite Parts

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Accudyne Systems Inc
210 Executive Dr Newark, DE -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Cost Effective Processing Equipment for Large Composite Parts
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $0.00


Reduced mass materials are critical to the success of aerospace systems. Thus, large air and space structures can benefit from lightweight composite materials. However, their adoption is impaired by the lack of a robust, cost-effective fabrication process, principally because the autoclaves used to consolidate composite laminates are so expensive for large parts. This program develops for US aerospace companies the processing equipment that avoids the autoclave. In particular, this program will develop in situ deposition heads that can fit on aerospace company's existing placement machines so that air and spacecraft composites can be fabricated out of the autoclave.In phase I, the deposition head concept designs will be prepared and reviewed with leading aerospace industry contacts who we know from working with them on a multitude of non-autoclave processing programs in the past. There, we will get feedback for our head concept designs suitable for fabricating the thermoset and thermoplastic composite parts that they need. In phase II, we will complete the design, fabricate, and prove-out the head equipment. We then will provide in situ deposition heads to the industry that they can use for in situ consolidation of large composite parts.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Gruber
Principal Investigtor

Business Contact:

Brian J. Waibel
Senior Partner
Small Business Information at Submission:

Accudyne Systems, Inc.
120 B Sandy Drive Newark, DE 19713

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No