COMPOSITE MATERIAL WET BRAIDING FABRICATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 17757
Amount: $261,220.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Rensselaer Technology Park,, 105 Jordan Rd, Troy, NY, 12180
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 A. Kruesi
 (518) 283-8700
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
COMPOSITE MATERIALS HAVE ADVANTAGES FOR ROCKET MOTOR CASES: LIGHTWEIGHT, HIGH STRENGTH, AND FAVORABLE 'INSENSITIVE MUNITIONS' BEHAVIOR. WET BRAIDIIG OFFERS ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES OVER FILAMENT WINDING FOR THE PRODUCTION OF COMPOSITE CASES. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS IN WHICH IMPROVEMENTS IN THE STRUCTURAL EFFICIENCY OF BRAIDED ROCKET MOTOR CASES ARE NEEDED TO MATCH THE STRUCTURAL EFFICIENCY OF FILAMENT WOUND VESSELS. THESE AREAS ARE THE CREATION OF DOMED ENDS AND TRANSLATION OF FIBER MODULUS IN THE COMPOSITE STRUCTURE. U.S. COMPOSITES PROPOSES SEVERAL UNIQUE METHODS FOR INTRODUCING THESE FEATURES. OUR APPROACHES ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE USE OF OUR PATENTED WET BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS - THE PROPOSED RESEARCH WILL BE DIRECTLY APPLICABLE TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURE OF BRAIDED COMPOSITE TACTICAL ROCKET MOTOR CASES. LOWER COST AND IMPROVED IM PERFORMANCE WILL RESULT.

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