Novel Fabrication Technology For Lattice Fins

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F08630-01-C-0030
Agency Tracking Number: 011MN-0900
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lev Tuchinskiy
 Sr. Scientist
 (520) 574-1980
 ltuch@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 R.O. Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The nature of lattice fins allows them to be folded close to the weapon's structurewhen not deployed. That opens up the way for internal ordnance carriage, which leadsto the reduction of both flow field drag and radar detection. The high cost oflattice fin fabrication remains an issue. The current manufacturing process resultsin a per fin cost of roughly $2000. This Small Business Innovation Research Phase Iproject demonstrates a novel alternative waste-free process for fabrication oflightweight lattice fins, which enables 12-17 times reduction a cost per fin. Theproposed approach allows fabrication of net-shape fins of different web geometries(including very thin webs), use of different materials: metals, alloys, reinforcedplastics, composites. The process will be developed for stainless steel andcomposite lattice fins with different web thickness. Various candidate materials,including composites that could be viable fin materials will be evaluated and thecost savings associated with the utilization of the most affordable materials andproduction process will be established.It is anticipated that this Phase I program will result in the smallest, lightestlattice fin assemblies possible, consistent with the structural demands of themaneuvering weapon airframe. Viable material and manufacturing process advocated ina proposal will be equally applicable to the production of efficient lattice finsfor a 250-pound class munition, a 2000-lb munition, or any weight class in between.Commercial application includes lightweight metal sandwich panels for vehicle energyabsorbing components, automotive interiors, etc.

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