Aircraft Battle Damage Reapir (ABDR) with Ultraviolet Cure Resin Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$741,566.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F33615-02-C-5605
Agency Tracking Number:
011ML-0817
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
Mike Dingus/Mr. John Bulluck
Co-Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
mdingus@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Rapid on-aircraft repair techniques for fiberglass composite components are essential to the support of the Air Expeditionary Force concept. Field level damage repair of aircraft is critical to maintaining full force projection during combat. Currentfield level repair techniques use thermally accelerated adhesive bonding to restore the original design strength of the composite laminate. Unfortunately, airframe structural members act as heat sinks, and make it difficult to obtain a uniform curetemperature profiles. Current resin repair systems require low temperature storage, increasing storage cost and support complexity.Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes the development of a line of commercial ultraviolet curable glass composites optimized and designed specifically for quick field repair of damaged aircraft. These high Tg TRI/Austin UV cureresins and glass prepreg patches will offer a field ?friendly, cost effective solution to the current repair problem. Cure times can be significantly reduced, increasing aircraft availability and reducing repair cost. The TRI/Austin aircraft field repairmaterials are easily applied, include a resin with a moderate viscosity, have a high glass transition temperature after cure, require no mixing, and cure in place without the addition of heat.

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