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Adaptive and Smart Materials for Advanced Manufacturing Methods

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-19-C-0601
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-018-0116
Amount: $749,654.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T018
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-05
Small Business Information
4030 Spencer St, Suite 108
Torrance, CA 90503
United States
DUNS: 106823607
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jay Kudva
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (310) 891-2814
 jkudva@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Email: zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
 Matthew Hawthorne Matthew Hawthorne
 
300 East Market Street, #300
Louisville, KY 40202
United States

 (502) 852-3156
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

The focus of this STTR program is the development and maturation of a novel, room-temperature process to fabricate multi-layer metal-polymer (including PVDF and other smart materials) composites in an additive approach. This overcomes the limitation arising from the large temperature difference between metal and polymer manufacturing processes, and presents a new technology for additive manufacturing of smart materials with embedded electronics, and metal-polymer composites with tunable mechanical properties. We are developing a transformational metal-polymer hybrid additive fabrication process in which the material and spatial composition of the metal and polymer constituent materials can be designed, executed, and characterized on a voxel-to-voxel basis. This approach is based on direct acoustic energy deposition (DAED) in the materials. In Phase I, we developed a prototype DAED set-up, conducted analytical modeling to guide and validate fabrication processes; and fabricated and tested multiple piezo-polymer/metal hybrid specimens; we have achieved TRL 3 for the basic technology. In this Phase II effort, we will mature the technology by detailed modeling of metal-metal and metal-polymer interfaces under DAED, developing a scaled, prototype commercially viable DAED-FDM machine to AM manufacture compliant, metal-polymer hybrid composite sensors and actuators. We expect to achieve TRL 6+ by the end of Phase II.

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