Composite Fastener Development

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-04-C-0025
Award Id:
68154
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-1047
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
Michael Dingus
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
mdingus@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Composite materials offer excellent specific strength and specific stiffness advantages over metals for flat panels such as aircraft control surfaces and aerostructure that are stressed in two dimensions only. Fastener materials, however, typically are stressed in three dimensions, so isotropic metal fasteners are universally better structurally than composite fasteners. Unfortunately, metal fasteners are incompatible with composite aerostructure in terms of conductivity, hardness, strength, radar signature, and density. TRI/Austin proposes to incorporate state-of-the-art composite fastener technology into addressing the needs of the Army's Comanche program to capitalize on the compatibility of composite fasteners with composite aerostructure while ensuring the lack of high isotropic material strength is addressed through novel design. TRI/Austin has expertise in the areas of testing, materials research and development, tooling, and manufacturing to develop fully functional composite fasteners.

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