Advanced Composites Research to Reduce Cost (MSC P6016)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0211
Agency Tracking Number: N064-017-0367
Amount: $99,979.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
181 Gibraltar Road, Horsham, PA, 19044
DUNS: 075537910
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Carol Stager
 Senior Engineer
 (215) 542-8400
 stager@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Cassin
Title: President
Phone: (215) 542-8400
Email: cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF DELAWARE
 Dirk Heider
 Delaware and Academy Streets
Newark, DE, 19716
 (302) 831-8898
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The high manufacturing success rate achieved in the fabrication of glass fabric laminates and sandwich constructions using the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer molding (VARTM) process has not been duplicated for carbon fabric parts due to the slower, more complex flow processes that occur in carbon fabrics. Part reject rates have been high due to the presence of significant void concentrations and/or balsa to laminate interface disbonds. The goal of the STTR program outlined in this proposal is to demonstrate that intelligent infusion methods utilizing infusion modeling and infusion flow sensor technologies will result in consistently produced, high quality carbon laminates and sandwich structures. This STTR program is focused on determining and demonstrating advancements to existing flow modeling capabilities and resin sensor technologies to enable their utilization in large parts, with (conductive) carbon fabrics, and in humid, temperature-variable infusion environments; and transitioning these capabilities and technologies for routine use on the shop floor. BENEFITS: Development and implementation of the proposed technology will significantly reduce scrap rates of large, resin-infused carbon fabric parts resulting in significant labor and materials cost savings. The developed technology has application to commercial shipbuilding, recreational marine craft, wind turbine blades, sports equipment, and other commercial applications of carbon fabric.

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