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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$149,926.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number:
A112-077-0169
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-077
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Materials Sciences Corporation
135 Rock Road, Horsham, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
075537910
Principal Investigator:
Richard Foedinger
Senior Engineer
(215) 542-8400
foedinger@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Cassin
President and CEO
(215) 542-8400
cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government