A HIGH STRENGTH TO WEIGHT, LOW COST BRIDGE DECK IS REQUIRED FOR THE ARMY'S TRI-ARCH BRIDGE.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$72,763.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2359
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Foster-miller Inc
350 Second Ave, Waltham, MA, 02254
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
JOSEPH S BOYCE
(617) 890-3200
Business Contact:
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A HIGH STRENGTH TO WEIGHT, LOW COST BRIDGE DECK IS REQUIRED FOR THE ARMY'S TRI-ARCH BRIDGE. FOSTER-MILLER, INC. IS PROPOSING FIBER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC DECK MADE BY A COMBINATION OF ROLL-FORMING AND WELDING. USE OF AN ENGINEERING THERMOPLASTIC MATRIX MATERIAL SUCH AS POLYETHERETHERKEYTONE (PEEK) PROMISES TO OVERCOME MANY OF THE DISADVANTAGES WHICH HAVE PREVENTED THERMOSETTING EPOXIES FROM BEING USED FOR THIS APPLICATION. FLEXURAL STRENGTH EQUIVALENT TO THAT OF FIBER REINFORCED EPOXY CAN BE ACHIEVED IN COMBINATION WITH AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE IMPROVEMENT IN IMPACT STRENGTH. THE ABILITY TO USE MODIFIED METAL FORMING TECHNIQUES (E.G., ROLL-FORMING AND WELDING) WILL ULTIMATELY RESULT IN HIGH PRODUCTION RATES AND LOW COST. PHASE I FEASIBILITY DEMONSTRATION WILL CONSIST OF: ROLL-FORMING OF 2 IN. FIBER REINFORCED CHANNEL SECTION; SHEAR AND PEEL STRENGTH TESTS ON WELDED THERMOPLASTIC CORE-SKIN JOINT, AND FABRICATION OF SMALL (1 IN. X 1 IN.) SAMPLE DECK PANEL.

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