Unitized Composite Airframe Structures with Three Dimensional (3-D) Preforms for Elevated Temperature Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-3122
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-006-1824
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-006
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
Performance Polymer Solutions Inc.
2711 Lance Drive, Moraine, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
119128051
Principal Investigator:
David Curliss
President
(937) 298-3713
david.curliss@p2si.com
Business Contact:
David Curliss
President
(937) 298-3713
david.curliss@p2si.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Three-dimensional textile preforms have shown tremendous advantages in the integration of load-bearing composite structures to traditional laminated composites and fastened structures due to improved delamination and damage tolerances. Hindrances occur when the composites are subjected to elevated temperature gradients in the field of their application. This SBIR program is set to develop a methodology to incorporate two or more co-curable polyimide and ceramic matrices into a three-dimensional textile preform to protect against varied thermal gradients typically found in high-performance applications. The technique will utilize simple resin film infusion methods with varied processing conditions to optimize the resin infusion depth based on the properties required. BENEFIT: Co-cured composite stiffeners eliminate the need for expensive and heavy mechanically fastened stiffeners. The development of a co-curable, complex composite fabrication methodology incorporating two or more high temperature resins will greatly impact the high-performance composite market. The process could be utilized for a wide variety of applications, primarily fighter and supersonic long range missile skins, requiring high-temperature gradient sustainability.

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