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Low Cost Carbon Fiber Composites for Lightweight Vehicle Parts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84327
Agency Tracking Number: 78845S05-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 27
Solicitation Number: DE-FG02-06ER06-09
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
15 Las Brisas Lane
Hendersonville, NC 28739
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Neal Baitcher
 (260) 490-9304
Business Contact
 James Stike
Title: Mr.
Phone: (828) 698-1330
Research Institution

78845S The Department of Energy desires to increase fuel efficiency by reducing vehicle weight. Carbon fiber composites offer one promising way to do this, but difficulties in building economical, consistent, high quality preforms has limited the introduction of this material. This project will to adapt a well established pulp molding technology to produce carbon fiber preforms for lightweight vehicle parts. This process is currently used to make highly controlled products such as speaker cones at very high production rates. In Phase I, a die will be designed and built to produce preforms for a b-pillar cross section test part. A statistically designed set of experiments will be conducted to cover a range of compositional and production variables. The quality of the test preforms will be compared to published data on similar preforms for this part. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should enable the use of carbon fiber composites in high strength, low weight vehicle parts at prices competitve with conventional metal parts.

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