Data Driven Prognostics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F29601-03-M-0303
Agency Tracking Number: 03-0040T
Amount: $69,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
209 Grand Ave, Laramie, WY, 82070
DUNS: 017019105
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Garnich
 Associate Professor
 (307) 766-2949
Business Contact
 Randal Six
Title: President
Phone: (307) 742-9227
Research Institution
 Dan Baccari
 P.O. Box 335
Laramie, WY, 82071
 (307) 766-5320
 Nonprofit college or university
Programs such as Airborne Laser and Space-Based Laser are in need of highly mass efficient structural materials to achieve system performance targets. This naturally leads to graphite fiber reinforced polymers for many system components. For someapplications, such as cryogen storage vessels, these materials are subject to micro cracking under little or no structural loading. New materials with equivalent or superior specific properties that are resistant to micro cracking are needed for theseapplications. The recent focus on material particles with nanometer scale dimensions offers the opportunity to employ multiscale reinforcement in polymers by reinforcing the resin at the nano-scale within a conventional micro-scale composite.Relatively little attention has been devoted to understanding and optimizing the structural benefits of these materials. There is demand, however, for exploiting the possibilities for improved structural performance through the design of multiscale,three-constituent composites. Advanced multiscale material modeling is perhaps the most effective way to explore the potential benefit of three phase material systems and gain understanding that will lead to new materials designed for certain performanceobjectives. This project will apply multiscale modeling techniques to devise new materials and structure design strategies that result in composite structures resistant to damage in deep thermal cycle environments. The results of the work proposed herein have broad commercial potential. The storage of liquids and liquid cryogens in lightweight containers is an important design issue in all types of air and space vehicles today. Lightweight composite storage tanksare of particular interest in both the Airborne Laser (ABL) and Space Based Laser (SBL) programs. Particular emphasis in modeling and analysis capabilities is placed on the SBL program due to the fact that actual testing scenarios that simulate spaceconditions are nearly impossible. For this reason, the ability to model and predict the responses of these composite storage tanks under in-service conditions has a large commercial potential.As composite materials are more widely used for increasingly severe mechanical and thermal loading situations there is an inherent need to understand their behavior under application and to tailor their properties to meet the design needs. The ability tomodel not only constituent variations but also nano reinforcement modifications will be key to the successful application of three-phase (multiscale) composite material systems.The ability to provide material design guides and criteria along with structural analysis capabilities to both government and private industry is vital to the commercial success of the proposed research. We feel that strong commercial potential exists inboth the sale of analysis and design software for composites that include nano-scale reinforcement, and for technical consulting work related to deep thermal cycle applications and associated material modification.

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