High Performance 3D Composite Preforms Manufactured Via Novel In Situ Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber Infusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-04-C-0129
Agency Tracking Number: F045-020-0267
Amount: $70,704.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T020
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
91 Westpark Road, Centerville, OH, 45459
DUNS: 119128051
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Curliss
 President/Senior Scientist
 (937) 298-3713
 david.curliss@p2si.com
Business Contact
 Jason Lincoln
Title: Vice President/Materials Engineer
Phone: (937) 298-3713
Email: jason.lincoln@p2si.com
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 Mark E Walter
 Engineering Experiment Station, 156 Hitchcock Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
 (614) 292-6081
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to develop and demonstrate the feasibility and payoff of novel in situ vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) reinforcement of 3D woven or braided composite preforms for advanced composite aerospace structural or thermal-structural applications. In this approach the carbon nanofibers are grown within the composite perform in a controllable and tailorable manner to yield the desired reinforcement size, morphology, and spatial distribution for the chosen advanced composite application. The approach holds tremendous promise to increase the strength, stiffness, and damage tolerance of advanced composites while preserving the inherent affordability of near-net-shape woven or braided preforms for component manufacturing. The technology is generally applicable with any composite preforming technology including carbon, graphite, glass, quartz, ceramic, or metal fiber woven, braided, or constructed performs. The resulting VGCF reinforced preforms can be tailored for optimal thermal and structural performance.

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