Low Cost Composite Structure For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-01-C-5027
Award Id:
57372
Agency Tracking Number:
001VA-3264
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
591 Congress Park Drive, Dayton, OH, 45459
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
802689463
Principal Investigator:
Dan Hutcheson
Vice President - Engineer
(937) 435-5034
rbanerjee@webcoreonline.com
Business Contact:
Dan Hutcheson
President and COO
(937) 435-5034
dhutcheson@webcoreonline.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase II SBIR project is directed towards developing TYCOR(tm) fiber reinforced foam composite materials and sandwich panels for low cost design and manufacturing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) airframe fuselage and other components.TYCOR composite material has been developed and patented by WebCore Technologies, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio. TYCOR materials are ideally suited for structural applications that require low cost, damage tolerant composite sandwich panels. WebCore's patentedprocess integrates dry glass or carbon fiber reinforcements in a three-dimensional geodesic architecture through the thickness of low-density foam. TYCOR materials are designed for low-cost vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) process, where theporous fiber reinforcements act as resin flow channels during molding and the entire core and skin assembly co-cures to produce an integrated robust structure.The initial work done in Phase I has shown significant promise and proven the feasibility of manufacturing UAV airframe components with TYCOR composite materials in VARTM process. Phase II work will involve development of automated manufacturing process,materials testing and design database, design and analysis tools, quality assurance methods and VARTM molding process for TYCOR materials and products.

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