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Innovative Approaches to the Fabrication of Composite Helicopter Tail Booms

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82540
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-027-0223
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADC Acquisition Co. dba Automated Dynamics
407 Front Street Schenectady, NY 12305-
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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-0327
Award Amount: $149,927.00
 

Abstract:

Light weight, low cost structures is the direction that many aerospace companies are working toward. Our objective in this Phase I program is to demonstrate our low cost effective manufacturing methods with thermoplastic composites while maintaining structural integrity. A continuous graphite fiber reinforced thermoplastic prepreg tape will be used in conjunction with our automated in-situ fiber placement technology to demonstrate repeatable, accurate and low labor methods to produce high quality composite helicopter tail booms. Our use of continuous fiber reinforced prepreg tape allows us to tailor the lay-up to suit the design criteria at hand. Our technology offers the ability to integrate stiffening components into the skin structure without the use of conventional mechanical fasteners. Instead we will demonstrate the melt bonding attachment techniques that result in totally integrated structure without the use complicated, high cost tooling or fasteners. These techniques offer the ability to produce a finished part of almost any geometry in a single set-up step. There is not the need for labor intensive post processing that is inherent with many other composite manufacturing methods. This technology is both versatile and robust enough to produce a variety of different part configurations in a low cost fashion while still maintaining the high quality demanded by the aerospace world.

Principal Investigator:

Kurt Kimball
Project Engineer
5183776471
kkimball@automateddynamics.com

Business Contact:

Robert Langone
VP, General Manager
5183776471
rlangone@automateddynamics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ADC ACQUISITION CO. DBA AUTOMATED DYNAMICS
407 Front Street Schenectady, NY 12305

EIN/Tax ID: 161529403
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No