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Reduced Cost, Repeatable, Improved Property Washout Tooling for Composite Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-16-P-1024
Agency Tracking Number: N16A-015-0140
Amount: $79,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16A-T015
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-10
Small Business Information
PO Box 2174
Dayton, NV 89403
United States
DUNS: 828233705
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr Linda L Clements
 (775) 246-0505
 lclements@nevadacomposites.com
Business Contact
 Linda Clements
Phone: (775) 246-0505
Email: lclements@nevadacomposites.com
Research Institution
 University of Nevada, Las Vegas
 Dr. John L Crowley
 
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy \N
Las Vegas, NV 89154
United States

 (775) 246-5999
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

Nevada Composites has developed Green-Aero(sm) toolinglightweight ceramic tooling that is stable under high pressure and long-duration cure cycles and can be washed out with water after cures to 370C (700F). Tools, whether single-sided or washout, have a composite-compatible CTE, provide tight tolerances, are reproducible, are stable to storage under ambient conditions, and are of affordable cost. All steps in the production process are environmentally benign. Tools, particularly washout mandrels, have been provided to several different military and commercial clients for use in processes including hand layup followed by autoclave cure, filament winding, and VARTM.Green-Aero(sm) tools offer both improved performance and cost improvements estimated at about 25% over sand mandrels. Nonetheless, for air platforms the current cost of complex tools is significantly above targeted values, lead time for tooling may be too long, and impact resistance and thermal shock behavior may not be at desired levels.The goal in Phase I is to advance the current TRL of 2 to 3 for reduced cost, etc., for air platform applications to 3, 4 or 5 for various options. At the end of Phase I we will also generate a plan for pursuing the most promising options in Phase II.

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