Demonstration of Multiple Fiber Pre-forms for Local Property Tailoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$748,772.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-3513
Award Id:
67817
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-249-1604
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
23 North Seventh Street, Bally, PA, 19503
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
002330660
Principal Investigator:
Leon Bryn
Program Manager
(610) 845-2211
leonbryn@ballyribbon.com
Business Contact:
Ray Harries
President
(610) 845-2211
rayharries@ballyribbon.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Ribbon Mills and its subcontractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) propose a Phase II program, to continue the research into advanced complex performs concepts utilizing weaving technology applied to state-of-the-art composites to enhance the revolutionary low frequency, conformal load-bearing antenna structures (CLAS) foliage penetration ground/air moving target indicator (FOPEN GMTI/AMTI) radar concept being developed under NGC's, AFRL sponsored, Low Band Structural Array (LOBSTAR) program for the notional future intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) SensorCraft platform along with various maritime and homeland defense platforms. Leveraging the promising results of the Phase I program entitled "Demonstration of Multiple Fiber Preforms for Local Property Tailoring," a three-task program is proposed to further develop the LOBSTAR array short circuit detail - a unitized through-the-thickness grounding structure. Task 1 will future develop through design and analyses a multifunction variant capable functioning both electrically as grounding structure for the radar and mechanically as a component in a notional substructure concept. This lightweight substructure scheme is envisioned for its potential for substantial reduction of empty weight fraction. Task 2 will involve fabricating and testing structurally and electrically representative coupon and elements to verify the design. Task 3 will focus on detailed documentation and technology transfer throughout the contract.

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