Propulsor Blade Advanced Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0763
Agency Tracking Number: N071-088-0494
Amount: $738,874.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-088
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
2600 Campus Drive, Suite D, Lafayette, CO, 80026
DUNS: 161234687
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Campbell
 Senior Engineer
 (303) 664-0394
Business Contact
 Lori Pike
Title: Sr. Finance and Contracts
Phone: (303) 664-0394
Research Institution
The U.S. Navy has significant interest in the development of composite materials that substantially improve the performance of composite propulsor blades. Improvements in erosion resistance (e.g., cavitation, rain, and sand), impact durability and high-cycle fatigue are of particular interest. During Phase I, Composite Technology Development (CTD) pursued a multidisciplinary approach to develop and qualify new classes of composite materials for propulsor blades which possess significant erosion resistant and impact durable characteristics. Under the proposed Phase II program, CTD will expand on the Phase I results to develop, demonstrate and qualify composite materials for propulsor blade applications. Extensive static and dynamic material testing will be performed in combination with cavitation testing to establish greater insight into the cavitation erosion, high-rate impact and high-cycle fatigue behavior of composite materials. Furthermore, these efforts will used to guide the development efforts toward composite materials meeting the requirements of propulsor blades. The latter stages of the proposed Phase II program will focus on development and manufacture of composite propulsor blade breadboard models. Evaluation of this breadboard model in a relevant environment showcasing technology capability is envisioned as the program’s capstone effort.

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