Thermoplastic Composite Construction for Tactical Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-04-P-1912
Agency Tracking Number: F041-269-2762
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-269
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
2000 Composite Drive, Dayton, OH, 45420
DUNS: 802689463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fredrick Stoll
 Chief Engineer
 (937) 293-8698
 fstoll@webcoreonline.com
Business Contact
 Rob Banerjee
Title: VP Business Development
Phone: (937) 293-8698
Email: rbanerjee@webcoreonline.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The U.S. Department of Defense spends millions of dollars every year to repair and refurbish numerous metal shelters located around the world. These transportable shelters are usually made with thin aluminum sandwich panels in a steel/aluminum frame and are prone to corrosion, surface degradation, and loss of skin-to-core bond. The Air Force seeks to explore thermoplastic-based materials for shelters because of the potential benefits in the areas of toughness, reduced weight, reduced VOC emissions during fabrication compared to thermoset composites, recyclability, and reduced fabrication costs. WebCore has a broad knowledge of shelter design and requirement issues through work in progress on the development of an 8' by 8' by 20' Composite Tactical Shelter (CTS). The current CTS design features WebCore-proprietary thermoset-composite sandwich panels in a hybrid thermoplastic/steel frame. Using similar design and fabrication concepts, WebCore has demonstrated the basic processability and structural performance of thermoplastic-composite sandwich panels for the CTS application. Under the proposed SBIR project, WebCore will further advance the thermoplastic panel technology through: investigations of material, design, and processing options; preliminary assessment of panel designs against the full range of CTS requirements; preliminary manufacturing planning; and cost modeling.

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