Directed Heating System for High Speed Manufacturi

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,522.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-10-C-0005
Award Id:
92245
Agency Tracking Number:
A092-031-0468
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
JayRozzi, Ph.D.
Principal Engineer
(603) 643-3800
jcr@creare.com
Business Contact:
JamesBarry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Polymer matrix thermoplastic (e.g., PEEK/IM7) composites exhibit excellent toughness, fatigue strength, and strength-to-weight characteristics over their all-metal counterparts. These characteristics make them desirable for high performance military structures such as artillery components for Mounted Combat Systems, aircraft components, and hulls for underwater vehicles. Currently, Automated Tape Laying (ATL) machines accomplish in-situ matrix heating, winding, and compaction of the composite prepreg tape onto mandrels. As a result of indirect and ineffective heating, both the prepreg winding tension and the tape feed rates are limited by the current ATL machines. Creare's innovation is a novel Directed Heating System (DHS) that deposits directed and localized energy into the prepreg tape using a laser that can be easily and safely integrated with the fiber placement head on any ATL machine platform. During the Phase I project, we will assemble the DHS, complete pre-production tests on composite parts, and design the system for integration on off-the-shelf ATL machines. During Phase II, we will complete the system design, integration, testing, and transition the technology.

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