Data Driven Prognostics (Hybrid Nano-scale/Microscale Composites for Deep Thermal Cycle Damage Resistance)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA9453-04-C-0286
Agency Tracking Number: B2-0804
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
FIREHOLE TECHNOLOGIES
209 E Grand, 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
 garnich@uwyo.edu
Business Contact
 Randal Six
Title: President
Phone: (307) 742-9227
Email: randal@fireholetech.com
Research Institution
 University of Wyoming
 Dan Baccari
 Research Office, PO Box 335
Laramie, WY, 82071
 (307) 766-5320
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Programs such as Airborne Laser and Space-Based Laser require highly mass efficient structures. Because of their high specific strength and stiffness this naturally leads to graphite fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) materials for many system components. In fluid storage tank applications GFRP laminates often develop microcracking when subject to cryogenic temperatures and/or stresses due to pressure loads. This often results in unacceptable permeability and degradation of structural performance. This proposed project will utilize a multiscale modeling strategy to develop material selection strategies as well as laminate and tank design strategies to optimize GFRP composite tanks for resistance to both initial cracking and to the accumulation of cracking through the laminate thickness. Unique analysis tools will be applied to develop robust GFRP composite liquid storage tanks. Coupon level thermo-mechanical testing will be performed to validate the models. A tank design study will be conducted based on DoD supplied requirements. A bench scale composite tank will be fabricated and tested.

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