Development of Low Cost, High Tensile Strength Composite Materials and Connection Systems Utilizing Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-04-P-1919
Agency Tracking Number: F041-265-1470
Amount: $92,736.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-265
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
2613 Hearthstone Circle, Midland, MI, 48642
DUNS: 145557026
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Edwards
 (989) 295-7352
Business Contact
 Christopher Edwards
Title: President
Phone: (989) 295-7352
Research Institution
Many items of both commercial, military equipment and infrastructure require materials with high tensile properties combined with resistance to corrosive environments and other environmental factors. Today these applications are typically made in steel with the attendant problems of corrosion protection, monitoring and maintenance. Composite materials have the potential to eliminate the corrosion issue while significantly improving performance and ease of use due to their reduced weight, however, in spite of the availability of thermoset matrix composite materials with adequate tensile performance they typically cannot be used in these applications because no practical system exists to manufacture end fittings and connections for them. We have developed a composite based upon a thermoplastic matrix which offers tensile performance comparable to or better than existing thermoset composites but which, because of the thermoplastic nature of its matrix, is capable of having various kinds of end connections post-formed in place. These thermoplastic composites can be manufactured at high speeds and resulting low cost. Three concepts are identified and will be evaluated under this proposal.

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