Modeling and Simulation of Hybrid Materials/Structures for Sustainment Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-11-M-3120
Agency Tracking Number: F103-005-0641
Amount: $99,096.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-005
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
750 Old Hickory Blvd, Bldg. 2, Suite 270, Brentwood, TN, -
DUNS: 128193997
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Animesh Dey
 CPDO
 (615) 372-0299
 adey@vextec.com
Business Contact
 Loren Nasser
Title: CEO, President
Phone: (615) 372-0299
Email: lnasser@vextec.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The United States Air Force (USAF) operates one of the world"s largest fleets with an average age approaching 26 years. As the USAF transport fleet continues to age, costs of inspections, structural repairs, and component replacements will continue increasing. Given this large number of aircraft approaching their life limit, USAF engineers are considering alternative strategies for its airframe fleet. Fiber Metal Laminate (FML) GLARE (glass-reinforced aluminum laminate) is one such innovation considered to reduce weight and increase safety. To utilize the benefits of the FML concept for design of aerospace structures and keep testing at a minimum, programs are needed to develop analytical prediction methods that capture all relevant failure criteria. Phase I will develop a probabilistic structural analysis framework incorporating mechanistic computational models to predict fatigue reliability of FML structural components. Phase I will develop probabilistic computational methology for predicting crack initiation in the metal layer and subsequent delamination growth in the composite layer. VEXTEC will demonstrate feasibility by comparing preliminary modeling results against published experimental data. VEXTEC intends to develop and commercialize an open set of tools for FML design within our existing Virtual Life Management (VLM) technology product line. BENEFIT: Scheduled, airframe and special inspections together account for 37% of USAF aircraft maintenance man-hours. New means to predict crack initiation and growth in component-metal structures will help to reduce inspection requirements

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