Fabric Reinforced Metal Matrix Composite

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18P2188
Agency Tracking Number: 181843
Amount: $123,883.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_18_P1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-15
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road, Triadelphia, WV, 26059-1139
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brandon Coates
 Research Engineer
 (304) 547-5800
Business Contact
 J.W. Freeland
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: jwf@trl.com
Research Institution

The proposed research aims to develop a metal matrix composite (MMC) fabric that, when combined with additive manufacturing, will lead to weight reduction, increased structural performance, and reduce fabrication costs of structural components within launch vehicles. The approach focuses on developing a MMC fabric that will be used to selectively reinforce metallic components that are subjected to multi-axial forces while in service. The MMC fabric is able to be applied like traditional composite panels (i.e. multiple plies at different orientations) allowing for a tailorable reinforcement material that can be placed in the direction of the loading axes. By using a selective reinforcement additive manufacturing approach, the MMC fabric can be placed strategically within areas of high-stresses and only in these areas allowing for cost savings and weight reductions due to the need of less of the base material in these locations. The combination of the MMC fabric and additive manufacturing will lead to enhanced lightweight, cost-effective structures for various applications.

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