Macrostructure Integration of Airframe Structures via Friction Stir Welding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-3544
Agency Tracking Number: F051-239-0706
Amount: $99,937.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-239
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bryant Walker
 Program Manager
 (772) 283-3502
Business Contact
 Bryant Walker
Title: President
Phone: (772) 283-3502
Research Institution
Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has been used to join smaller, inexpensive aluminum sheets to eliminate fasteners in aircraft structers. This program will focus on quantifying the design benefits of FSW of aluminum sheets of differing thickness of the same or different materials to tailor the structural properties for airframe applications. By tailoring the material/and or thickness to allow higher strength capability near stress concentrations, door or other features, weight can be reduced by using lower strength material and/or thinner product than is conventionally used, i.e., higher cost materials are used only where necessary. Additionally, angular FSW will further enhance structural design flexability to offer the potential for lighter weight structures. Under this program an analysis of potential design improvements with regard to weight and cost reductions will be completed as well as demonstrating the feasibility of the FSW process to make these types of solid-state welds by producing and evaluating subelement weldaments.

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