Ultraviolet Light Curing Materials for Field Level Composite Repair

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-01-M-5608
Agency Tracking Number: 011ML-0817
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Dingus
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 mdingus@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Michael Dingus
Title: Vice President
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mdingus@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Rapid, high quality, on-aircraft repair techniques for fiberglass composite components are required to support the Air Expeditionary Force concept. Current field level repair methods use thermally accelerated adhesive bonding to restore the originaldesign strength of the composite laminate. Several problems exist with on-aircraft thermally cured repair methods. Airframe structural members act as heat sinks, increasing power demands and making it difficult to obtain a uniform cure temperatureprofile. Current resin systems require low temperature storage to avoid premature degradation, increasing storage cost and support complexity. UV cure resins avoid these problems, but it is difficult to develop a UV cure resin system that meets militaryaircraft service temperature requirements.Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes the development of new high temperature UV cure resins for composite aircraft repair. To integrate the new resins into the required

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