Composite Tank Design to Limit Fatigue-Induced Microcracking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F29601-03-M-0302
Agency Tracking Number: 03-0054T
Amount: $69,699.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kaushik Mallick
 Senior Engineer
 (303) 664-0394
Business Contact
 Naseem Munshi
Title: President
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Research Institution
 Frank Yazdani
 P.O. Box 5285
Fargo, ND, 58105
 (701) 231-7244
 Nonprofit college or university
In this Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, Composite Technology Development, Inc. (CTD) and our Research Institution partner North Dakota State University (NDSU) propose to implement a integrated systematic approach to designingreusable composite tanks for ABL applications. The primary goals of the Phase I program include understanding the mechanism of microcrack growth in a composite material subjected to cyclic thermo-mechanical load and developing a roadmap for designingfatigue resistant composite materials that are compatible with chemicals of high interest to MDA, such as iodine and basic hydrogen peroxide used in the ABL laser. This proposed effort should enable the production of lightweight, robust, and economicalcomposite tanks for both MDA and commercial applications. Concerns with leakage resulting from microcracking of the composite and chemical compatibility have prevented acceptance of composite tanks in many applications. The proposed activity will enablemicrocrack resistant, chemically compatible composite tanks. Reliable and cost-effective composite tanks will have applicability to a wide range of future MDA, DoD, NASA, and commercial applications.

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