Structurally Efficient, Low-Cost Joining Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-04-M-0116
Agency Tracking Number: N041-093-0968
Amount: $69,392.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-093
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
PO Box 3449, Gulfport, MS, 39505
DUNS: 192737203
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sid Charbonnet
 Program Manager
 (228) 314-8000
Business Contact
 Riley Woodham
Title: Manager
Phone: (228) 314-8000
Research Institution
Z-axis stitching offers improved performance and greatly increased damage tolerance for composite to composite joints (CTC). Z-axis stitching is employed in aircraft applications using complex, double-sided stitch machinery developed by NASA. This technology is very expensive, but offers increased damage tolerance to airframe structures. The team has identified stitching technology which could offer similar improvements for large, thick marine composites structures at a fraction of the cost of aerospace double-sided stitching. This technology has benefits for large marine structures compared to conventional double-sided stitching. The team proposes to develop and demonstrate this technology for CTC joints of large marine laminates. The team assembled are experts in their respective fields: SCI-resin infusion manufacturing, MSC- composites design, Dr. Ing. Juergen Wittig- z-axis stitching technology. Furthermore, opportunities exist to combine this technology with CNC gantry/robot systems to make in-mold stitching of large compound curvature structures automated.

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