DRY IN-LINE THERMOPLASTIC MATRIX IMPREGNATION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$576,333.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
18588
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
North Coast Innovation, Inc.
8001 Sweet Valley Drive, Cleveland, OH, 44125
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
L. Scott Duncan
(216) 642-5644
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
APPLICATIONS OF THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY HAVE BEEN LIMITED BY THE LACK OF MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT FOR THERMOPLASTIC MATRIX IMPREGNATION. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP AN IN-LINE THERMOPLASTIC MATRIX IMPREGNATION MODULE WHICH CAN BE USED WITH EXISTING AUTOMATED COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR THERMOSET MATERIALS. TARGET APPLICATIONS INCLUDE AUTOMATED PROCESSES LIKE FILAMENT WINDING, PULTRUSION AND PREPREG PREPARATION. MAJOR TECHNICAL HURDLES TO BE OVERCOME INCLUDE ACHIEVING COMPLETE FIBER WET-OUT, MININMIZING VOIDS, AND ATTAINING THE HIGH THROUGHPUTS REQUIRED FOR IN-LINE OPERATION WITH HIGH SPEED AUTOMATED FILAMENT WINDING EQUIPMENT. THE PLANNED APPROACH TAKE MAXIMUM ADVANTAGE OF THE THERMAL, FLUID AND MECHANICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COMPONENTS TO ACHIEVE AN OPTIMIZED SYSTEM.

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