Advanced Composites Research to Reduce Cost

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-C-0450
Agency Tracking Number: N064-017-0367
Amount: $498,814.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T017
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MATERIALS SCIENCES CORP.
181 Gibraltar Road, Horsham, PA, 19044
DUNS: 075537910
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Simon Chung
 Staff Engineer
 (215) 542-8400
 simon@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Cassin
Title: President
Phone: (215) 542-8400
Email: cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF DELAWARE, CCM
 Dirk Heider
 201 Composites Manufacturing
Science Laboratory
Newark, DE, 19716
 (302) 831-8898
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The high manufacturing success rate achieved in glass fabric/sandwich constructions fabrications using the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) process has not been duplicated for carbon fabric parts. The purpose of this program is to develop and demonstrate an Enhanced Modeling Infusion and Sensor Technology (EMIST) for infusing complex and large scale composite parts, such as those proposed in the DDG-1000 deckhouse. The technology will contain both intelligent modeling and simulation capabilities as its analytical base as well as innovative infusion flow sensors, for the end result of producing consistent, high quality carbon laminates and sandwich structures, thereby significantly reducing total ownership costs. Different infusion methodologies, as guided by EMIST, and the risks associated with the proposed infusion technologies will be evaluated as determined by flow model and fabrication validation study results and fabrication team assessment.

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