Improved Manufacturing Technologies for Polymer Matrix Composite Engine Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,342.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-07-C-5304
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-115-2649
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-115
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
MAVERICK CORP.
11379 Grooms Road, Blue Ash, OH, 45242
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
879231587
Principal Investigator:
Robert Gray
President
(513) 469-9919
rgray@maverickcorp.com
Business Contact:
Eric Collins
Chairman and Treasurer
(513) 469-9919
ecollins@maverickcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The recent development of AFR-PE-4E polyimide composites has increased the high-temperature performance of military engine structures due to weight reduction. In order to take full advantage of this “new” composite system, and to compete against titanium, low-cost manufacture of AFR-PE-4E resin and prepreg must be achieved. Current F135 and F136 engines slated for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) require ducts that total up to 300 pounds per engine. AFR-PE-4E composite has currently been selected for these structures which will require continuous service temperatures in excess of 316ºC (600ºF) while retaining maximum physical strength. The high cost of AFR-PE-4 resin is primarily driven by the high cost of the 4-PEPA and 6FDA monomers. Reducing the AFR-PE-4E resin cost can be realized through obtaining alternate monomer sources. The major goal of the Phase II SBIR program is to identify a combination of lower cost monomer suppliers and demonstrate their suitability through fabrication of carbon fabric prepreg trial lots and discriminator panels. Chemical characterization and physical mechanical testing is planned to provide a thorough assessment of batch-to-batch reproducibility, storage stability, and reactive behavior. The thermal performance, processing characteristics, and cost benefits will be determined and compared to the baseline AFR-PE-4E material.

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