Metal Truss X-Cor Structures for Marine Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-02-M-0091
Agency Tracking Number: N02-065-04
Amount: $98,335.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
360 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA, 02451
DUNS: 837612506
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Constance Magee
 Director of Manufacturing
 (781) 622-5506
 cmagee@aztex-z-fiber.com
Business Contact
 A.J. Bonnington
Title: President
Phone: (781) 622-5531
Email: tbonning@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Aztex has developed an open cell periodic metal truss structure, Metal Truss X-Cor, as a multi-functional alternative to metallic honeycomb and stochastic cellular metal structures currently under consideration for the Marine Expeditionary Family ofFighting Vehicles (MEFFV). This all-metal structure can offer to maximize the efficiency of a metal truss design by employing defect free, wrought metal wires or tubing into a straight pin truss array. This array of pins can be bonded to metalfacesheets using a Transient Liquid Phase process (TLP). The key to this approach is to provide an open cell multi-functional structure with excellent corrosion resistance, damage tolerance, structural stiffness, and weight savings in excess of 75%. Inthis program, Aztex and Princeton University propose to adapt an existing Aztex core technology, X-CorT, used for polymer composite structures in military aircraft. The structural performance of X-CorT material is comparable to aluminum honeycomb with theadded benefit of corrosion resistance and damage tolerance. By adapting this baseline technology to all-metal structures, it will be possible to extend proven aerospace technology to the harsh environment of expeditionary vehicles using inexpensivematerials and processes. Currently available metal core structures include honeycomb, metal foams, periodic metal structures from textiles and formed perforated metals. Honeycomb is the most common and

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