Durable, Low Cost Soil Stabilization Mat Optimized for Automated Pultrusion Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,999.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-11-C-6501
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-109-0329
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-109
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
14 Keith Rd., Reading, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806753138
Principal Investigator:
Robert DaSilva
President
(978) 319-5973
rdasilva@xcraftco.com
Business Contact:
Robert DaSilva
President
(978) 319-5973
rdasilva@xcraftco.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
XCraft, along with its team partner KaZaK Composites, propose to develop and produce an innovative, low cost, pultrusion-based matting for soil stabilization applications. Developmental impetus for these novel mat structures is based on a need for improved mobility of heavy tracked and wheeled vehicles over soft expeditionary terrain. Proposed improvements are focused on exceeding the current paradigm of soft soil matting technology in terms of soil stabilization performance, cost, durability and implementation expediency. Working with KaZaK, XCraft will develop and analyze several innovative matting technology candidates based on the application of advanced embedded and non-embedded textile composite structures, utilizing novel matrix and reinforcing materials such as carbon and glass fiber. Composite materials offer enormous flexibility in constituency, allowing optimization of mechanical, physical and chemical performance requirements using material and manufacturing cost as a design variable. Pultrusion will be employed to ultimately produce matting at anomalously high through-put and acceptable low cost. Optimizing each candidate concept for automated production via pultrusion will ensure low cost in production. XCraft and KaZaK have significant experience working together to develop novel composite systems for harsh military environments. Phase I will include both analysis and hardware demonstration.

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