Reusable Shape Memory Polymer (SMP) Mandrels

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,976.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-5300
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-137-1412
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-137
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
CORNERSTONE RESEARCH GROUP, INC.
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
130020209
Principal Investigator:
Charles Rossi
Sr. Program Manager
(937) 320-1877
rossice@crgrp.net
Business Contact:
Patrick Hood
President
(937) 320-1877
hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a current push for air vehicles that are faster, lighter, stronger, and less observable. Advanced composite materials offer a design solution for manufacturing the air vehicles of the future. Processes such as filament winding and fiber placement can currently produce high-tech composite parts that meet the requirements for new air vehicles such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Advanced composite parts are being manufactured using old technology such as multi-part mandrels. Cornerstone Research Group Inc. (CRG) has demonstrated a new mandrel material and process that can greatly reduce the costs and time involved in manufacturing filament wound or fiber placed composite parts. In the Phase I development effort, CRG successfully demonstrated that a shape memory polymer (SMP) material can be used as a mandrel for manufacturing filament wound parts. The mandrel is easily removed and reusable thereby eliminating a significant amount of labor and waste. CRG has demonstrated the SMP mandrel material to Northrop and Lockheed for use in their Joint Strike Fighter programs as well as the F-22. In this Phase II effort, CRG will further develop and optimize the SMP mandrel process to include high temperature materials for filament wound and fiber-placed aerospace parts.

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