Composite Fastener Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-04-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: A032-1047
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-075
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
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
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
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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