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Braided Thin-Ply Tapes

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0528
Agency Tracking Number: 192915
Amount: $124,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T12
Solicitation Number: STTR_19_P1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-18
Small Business Information
4221 Rolling Gate Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80526-3395
DUNS: 083338297
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Murphey
 (505) 250-3006
 tmurphey@opterusrd.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Murphey
Phone: (505) 250-3006
Email: tmurphey@opterusrd.com
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University at Raleigh
 2701 Sullivan Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7514
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Opterus proposes to develop braided thin ply composite tapes. The tapes will be braided from ultra-thin spread-tow unidirectional carbon and glass ribbons and will enable a new source and form factor for thin-ply textiles. The resulting tapes will be especially useful for thin high strain composite space deployable structures where they will allow bias plies in long parts without requiring seams. The tapes will also be applicable to automated placement processes where it is otherwise challenging to place plies in a bias orientation. In many cases, braided tapes are expected to be higher quality and offer increased design freedom over weaves. The 13 month program will involve analytical braid design, manufacturing of braids, prepregging, composite part fabrication, and coupon testing.

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