Advanced Vacuum Bagging Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,969.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0455
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-102-0565
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-102
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
87-729-94
Principal Investigator:
Jack Price
Senior Scientist
(614) 797-2200
jprice@metss.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Heater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Vacuum bagging is a conventional process used in composite part manufacturing where a vacuum tight film, such as nylon, is fitted over the composite part prior to final curing, and a vacuum is drawn to permit atmospheric pressure to compact the layers of composite resin and reinforcement during thermal curing. Fitting the vacuum bagging film is very labor intensive and difficult for parts with large topographic irregularities. Faults or other problems during bagging cause problems in the composite part resulting in lost parts, wasted time and increased costs. To address these shortcomings, METSS proposes the development of a multi-use polyurethane rubber"bag"that is pre-formed by applying liquid resin on a completed or mock-up part, allowed to cured to shape, and then removed to support actual composite part manufacturing operations. The cured rubber will provide an exact copy of the part, thus eliminating time consuming bagging operations and attendant faults.

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