Process Modeling and Analysis Tools for Thermoplastic Composite Missile Structures (MSC P4030)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: A112-077-0169
Amount: $149,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-077
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
135 Rock Road, Horsham, PA, -
DUNS: 075537910
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Foedinger
 Senior Engineer
 (215) 542-8400
 foedinger@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Cassin
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (215) 542-8400
Email: cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic matrix composites (TPMCs) offer significant benefits for high performance composite structures for aviation and missile applications. Despite these advantages, TPMC materials and processing methods are not sufficiently characterized compared to most thermoset matrix composites. A better understanding of the influence of material forms and processing parameters on mechanical properties of the final product is needed. The research proposed here involves the development and validation of an improved methodology for modeling and analysis of the automated tape placement process of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic matrix composites. Model development and validation will be guided by prior modeling experience in the characterization of carbon fiber reinforced composites and extensive manufacturing experience with the in-situ automated tape placement process. Laboratory scale parametric experiments will be performed for different TPMC materials and ATP process conditions to guide the model development and characterize the influence of process conditions on material behavior and resulting properties.

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