PLASTIC REPLACEMENTS FOR ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9562
Amount: $49,380.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Compex Inc
4749 Tipton, Troy, MI, 48098
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott A Beck
 (313) 641-0577
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DUE TO RISING COSTS OF ALUMINUM, MILITARY CONTAINERS USING ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS WILL BE STUDIED TO DETERMINE IF PLASTICS CAN ACHIEVE A COST AND WEIGHT EFFECTIVE REPLACEMENT OF TYPICAL PROFILES. BOTH THERMOPLASTICS (TP) AND THEMOSETS (TS) CAN BE MADE TO THE SAME PROFILES AS ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS, BUT PERFORMANCE OF THE PROFILE WILL BE QUESTIONABLE. REINFORCEMENTS CAN BE ADDED IN THE FORM OF PARTICULATE OR FIBERS (CONTINUOUS, CHOPPED, OR MILLED) THAT CAN SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVE PROPERTIES AND MAKE THE PROFILE PERFORM AS WELL AS ALUMINUM. OTHER CONCERNS SUCH AS WEATHERABILITY WILL BE ADDRESSED FOR THE MAJOR POLYMER CATEGORIES TO DETERMINE IF THE TWENTY YEAR LIFE EXPECTANCY IS FEASIBLE.

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