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High Fidelity Heat Damage Simulation of Polymer Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number: N202-094-0758
Amount: $239,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N202-094
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-10-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-04-04
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011-1921
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jianhua Huang
 (540) 443-3865
Business Contact
 Maggie Hudson
Phone: (540) 769-8400
Research Institution

Naval aircraft in operation face the risk of over-temperature incidents such as fires and high-temperature exhaust gas impingement. Protection of composite aircraft structures from excessive heat is important since the thermally damaged component could fail and result in a catastrophic accident. Existing simulation tools are not able to provide a reliable damage assessment of a large-scale structure experiencing elevated temperature incidents.  There is a need to develop improved simulation tools that can rapidly assess thermally induced damage to maximize aircraft safety and reduce maintenance cost in support of the US Navy’s mission. Luna’s team leverages extensive composite fabrication, modeling and property characterization experience to develop a multi-physics based simulation tool for rapid assessment of heat damage on polymer composite aircraft structures. To verify and validate the model, Luna’s established fiber optic sensing technology will be used to accurately map the temperature and strain throughout the composite structure under thermal-mechanical loading.  By correlating model predicted data with those measured experimentally, Luna’s team will develop a high fidelity simulation tool for rapid heat damage assessment.

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