Low Cost Curing and Repair Process for Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32217
Amount: $740,673.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
800 W. Rock Creek Road Po, Box 1696, Norman, OK, 73070
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas J. Rose
 (405) 360-4848
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The use of advanced composite materials in all applications has increased dramatically, but the methods for managing and processing have remained unchanged for thirty years. Advanced, mulitple sensor technology has been demonstrated to reduce process time and costs. AvPro proposes to develop a single sensor system to provide multiple data inputs. It would be a means to validate models for process control and be a basis for material state specification implementation. Optical fiber sensors have previously been used to measure numerous composite material parameters. Techniques have been demonstrated that validate the chemical composition and cure state of composites. Real time measurement of these parameters provides a technically defensible basis to upgrade process specificiations to material state management. AvPro intends to develop a single sensor system using small diameter glass fibers placed in the composite part prior to processing and left in place through the life of the part. No other sensors would be required. This product would make it possible to directly manage the cure and consolidation of the composite while eliminating the need for extensive tracking of the time/temperature history of the material. This system, in the AvPro control architecture, will generate data suitable for specification development.

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