Low Cost, Low Weight Composite Structure using Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0211
Agency Tracking Number: N081-030-0767
Amount: $79,273.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-030
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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
 Mike 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
The objective of the research is to screen lightweight composite manufacturing methods for rotorcraft airframes that are lower cost than the autoclave curing process. The suitability and durability of materials used for rotorcraft airframe parts must be established by approved tests to ensure the strength and other properties are applicable to the specific structure's loads and environments. TRI/Austin will conduct screening tests on composite materials to evaluate new material systems under worst-case operational environments and loading conditions. These results will be used for future analysis of rotorcraft airframe designs, with emphasis being placed on Boeing's V-22 airframe. This test program will be designed to help identify the most promising new material systems while keeping testing to a minimum. The screening test matrix will involve key static tests that will provide sufficient data to assess mean values of stiffness and strength at the extreme operational conditions. Screening will consist of tensile, compression, shear, water absorption, chemical resistance, and fatigue tests. The results from these tests will be used to verify the performance of the composite material and to augment the design and analysis of future composite airframe structures.

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