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Innovative Approaches to the Fabrication of Composite Helicopter Tail Booms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82539
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-027-0120
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Acree Technologies Incorporated
1980 Olivera Ave Suite D Concord, CA 94520-5454
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Innovative Approaches to the Fabrication of Composite Helicopter Tail Booms
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-07-C-0274
Award Amount: $79,999.00
 

Abstract:

Current production methods of tail booms for rotary-wing aircraft are expensive, inefficient, and produce hazardous byproducts. Conventional methods for production of high end composite parts are both labor intensive and expensive. Alternate methods, such as curing parts in ovens to eliminate expensive autoclave operations, still do not eliminate the high cost of the tooling that needs to withstand the high temperature cures. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of using 3-D weaving and innovative electron beam curing of polymer matrix composites for low-cost fabrication of low production rate, high-performance tail booms for Navy and Marine Corp rotary-wing aircraft. By using off-axis 3-D woven fabrics, the composites will have increased tolerance for torsional loads which are critical to helicopter tail booms. Furthermore, electron beam curing is less expensive, faster, safer, and produces higher performing parts then traditional curing techniques.

Principal Investigator:

Mike McFarland
Principal Scientist
9257985770
mcfarland@acreetech.com

Business Contact:

Kelly Campbell
Senior Scientist
9257985770
campbell@acreetech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ACREE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
1900 Bates Ave. Suite G Concord, CA 94520

EIN/Tax ID: 201250852
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No