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Microwave Curing for Reversible Bonding of Composites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
36332
Program Year/Program:
1997 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
36332
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROTECH ENGINEERING & RESEARCH CORP.
3115 W 6th Street Lawrence, KS 66049 0604
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1997
Title: Microwave Curing for Reversible Bonding of Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Fastening and joining technology has lagged behind the progress that has been made in other areas of composites for advanced air vehicles. Aerotech proposes the development of reversible polymeric adhesive bonding of composites using variable frequency microwave energy. With this method, composites are bonded using Poly Ether Ether Ketone (a high temperature thermoplastic) which is cured using variable frequency microwave energy applied at the bond line. When required, the polymeric adhesive can be reheated, causing the bond to disintegrate. Thus reversible bonding can be achieved. During Phase I, Aerotech and its partners, the DOE's Oak Ridge National Lab and Northrop Grumman, will demonstrate the technical feasibility of this process by bonding test specimens and subjecting them to a lap shear test and C-scans. During Phase II, volume production processes will be investigated. During Phase I, a theoretical study will be undertaken to examine the feasibility of a portable variable frequency applicator.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Saeed Farokhi
9138419823

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerotech Engineering &
3125 W. 6th St., Ste C Lawrence, KS 66049

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