Novel Sandwich Solutions to Enable Manufacture of Lightweight, Complex Shape Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0151
Agency Tracking Number: N10B-050-0036
Amount: $69,773.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N10B-T050
Solicitation Number: 2010.B
Small Business Information
WebCore Technologies, Inc.
8821 Washington Church Road, Miamisburg, OH, 45342-4449
DUNS: 829706394
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Sheppard
 Manager of Innovations
 (937) 435-2200
 msheppard@webcoreonline.com
Business Contact
 Rob Banerjee
Title: VP, Business Development
Phone: (937) 435-2200
Email: rbanerjee@webcoreonline.com
Research Institution
 UDRI
 Scot Ganow
 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469-0110
 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The design of military aircraft relies heavily on honeycomb sandwich structures for the high strength and stiffness to weight ratios yet is constrained by the inability to efficiently and effectively machine and form honeycomb into complex shapes. WebCore Technologies"TYCOR fiber reinforced foam core technology delivers higher structural performance, enables cost-effective design solutions and delivers significant weight savings, especially when directly compared to other structural stiffening technologies such as aluminum honeycomb as validated under NASA"s Advanced Composites Technology (ACT) project. The patented and proprietary processes by which TYCOR is manufactured allows for the incorporation of features and hard points before final processing and could enable further weight and cost reductions. A conformable and machinable form of this material, TYCOR W, is used today in wind turbine blade applications and demonstrates the versatility inherent in engineered core. The ability to preform complex shapes with tailored properties and integrated functionality will be an enabling technology in the design of future air vehicles. WebCore will team with University of Dayton Research Institute and GKN Aerospace to demonstrate how this innovative engineered core will allow construction of the lightweight, structurally efficient sandwich material systems important to reducing weight in military aircraft.

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