Low Cost Tow Preg for AFP

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26580
Amount: $76,801.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2970 C Bay Vista Ct., Benicia, CA, 94510
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Susan Robitaille
 (707) 747-2755
Business Contact
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Research Institution
A potentially low cost method of producing prepreg tow is proposed. The method for fabricating impregnated tow suitable for Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) technology, while defined, does not include a low cost methodology for producing high quality, dimensional accurate continuous product. This product should be environmentally friendly and lend itself to a wide variety of commercial composite applications. YLA proposes the use of a multi-station die impregnation system utilizing hot melt resin technology and an impregnated fiber shaping process with a cooling drum to set the tow dimensions. Development of this proposed prepreg tow method will be designed to handle the rheology of toughened epoxy systems which will provide the properties necessary to meet the mechanical and environmental requirements of the structure.

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