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Innovative Low-cost, In-situ Consolidation Head for Complex Geometry Thermoplastic Fiber Placement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0495
Agency Tracking Number: N082-135-0512
Amount: $599,983.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-135
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-08-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-08-26
Small Business Information
407 Front Street
Schenectady, NY -
United States
DUNS: 799645916
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kurt Kimball
 Program Manager
 (518) 377-6471
Business Contact
 Robert Langone
Title: President
Phone: (518) 377-6471
Research Institution

This SBIR program specifically focuses in on innovative approaches to overcome the limitations associated with both the non-conformity of the rigid steel consolidation roller as well as building upon the individual tow control functionality of thermoplastic processing heads. Our main objective within the Phase I portion of the program was to develop and demonstrate at a high level, an innovative method of providing a conformable consolidation force in conjunction with the in-situ thermoplastic process. The secondary goals were to conceptually design and integrate the conformable consolidation applicator with a processing head that is able to manage multiple individual tows of tape. Phase II will focuse on further developing the concepts and process techniques developed in Phase I to provide a conformable consolidation method in conjunction with thermoplastic composite fiber placement.

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