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Optimal Composite Materials using NASA Resins or POSS Nanoparticle…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / 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: 2005
Title: Optimal Composite Materials using NASA Resins or POSS Nanoparticle Modifications for Low Cost Fabrication of Large Composite Aerospace Structures
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNL05AA89P
Award Amount: $68,204.00


Reduced mass composite materials are crucial to the success of aerospace systems, but their adoption is inhibited because they require autoclave consolidation, a process that is prohibitively expensive for large aerospace structure. To remedy this, NASA-LaRC has been developing cost-effective high-performance thermoplastic composite processing equipment that enables out-of-autoclave tape placement. In particular, NASA is working with Accudyne Systems to install a heated in situ deposition placement head to fit on NASA-LaRC's placement machine. This SBIR is to create the optimal composite material feedstock to go hand-in-hand with the thermoplastic process equipment so as to create desirable mechanical and physical properties in a part with out-of-autoclave in-situ placement. Accudyne Systems will define the matrix resin and fabricate thermoplastic tape to create the ideal in situ processible material. The first approach will be to proveout a fully amorphous composite based upon NASA 8515. This avoids the undesirable kinetics of a semi-crystalline thermoplastic like PEEK. The second approach will be to use POSS nanoparticles in semi-crystalline PEEK to accelerate crystallinity to the short time scale of the in situ process.The best options will be commercialized to allow NASA and aerospace primes to fabricate low-cost large composite structure for air and space transport.

Principal Investigator:

Mark Gruber
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Mark Gruber
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Accudyne Systems, Inc.
134 Sandy Drive Newark, DE 19713

EIN/Tax ID: 510373665
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No