Self-Healing Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-04-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A032-1819
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-072
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
2839 Paces Ferry Rd. Suite 1160, Atlanta, GA, 30339
DUNS: 961914884
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ash Thakker
 (770) 803-3001
Business Contact
 Janice Healy
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (770) 803-3001
Research Institution
An innovative approach to self-healing composite fabrication is proposed by Global Technology Connection along with its project team from Georgia Tech, Texas A & M and industrial partners Bell Helicopters, Boeing Rocketdyne, Goodyear. The approach addresses the short-comings of current approaches namely low strength of the healed material especially following any impact damage and fatigue-induced damage. Achieving this objective will enhance Army readiness, increase safety, and reduce maintenance labor, time, and cost. In Phase I, concept for developing a new composite with self-healing capability will be demonstrated in concert with US Army Aviation. The feasibility of such an approach will be demonstrated with suitable coupon and sub-element test specimens. The transition plan for the prototype development along with scale up issues will be fully addressed. In phase II, more extensive testing of sub-element and component testing representative of actual rotorcraft part/environment will be undertaken by partnering with US Army rotorcraft prime contractor. This testing would validate the methodology, developed in the previous phase. The demonstrated technology will meet Rotary Wing Vehicle Technology Development Approach (RWV TDA) Phase 3 Technology Objectives for improved structural efficiency and affordability

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