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AN INVESTIGATION OF MATERIALS AND AUTOMATED PRODUCTION METHODS FOR SMART…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
8284
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8284
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
American Composite Technology
306 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: AN INVESTIGATION OF MATERIALS AND AUTOMATED PRODUCTION METHODS FOR SMART STRUCTURES
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $182,000.00
 

Abstract:

MANY POTENTIAL SPACE SYSTEMS WILL REQUIRE STRUCTURES CAPABLE OF MAINTAINING EXTREMELY TIGHT TOLERANCES ON DIMENSIONS AND VIBRATIONS. ONE APPROACH TO ACHIEVING THE NECESSARY TOLERANCES IS TO EMPLOY TRUSSES MADE USING SMART STRUCTURES. A SMART STRUCTURE IS ONE IN WHICH THE CONTROL, SENSING AND ACTUATION FUNCTIONS ARE INTEGRATED INTO THE MATERIAL WHICH MAKES UP THE INDIVIDUAL TRUSS ELEMENTS. PROPERLY SEQUENCED FORCES ARE APPLIED TO THE BEAMS USING PIEZOELECTRIC CRYSTALS WHICH CHANGE SIZE IN RESPONSE TO APPLIED ELECTRIC FIELDS. VERY LITTLE WORK HAS BEEN DONE TO INVESTIGATE MATERIAL OPTIONS AND PRODUCTION METHODS FOR SMART STRUCTURES. ACT PROPOSES TO INVESTIGATE THESE ALTERNATIVES, AND TO DEVELOP OUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE OPTIMUM COMBINATION OF MATERIALS AND PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO PRODUCE SMART BEAMS.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Jerome Fanucci
6174264142

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

American Composite Technology
306 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210

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