Durability Modeling and Simulation of Composite Materials (MSC P 2128)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$719,402.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-11-C-0196
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4389
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-197
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Materials Sciences Corporation
135 Rock Road, Horsham, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
075537910
Principal Investigator:
Anthony Caiazzo
Chief Technical Officer
(215) 542-8400
tony@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact:
Thomas Cassin
President and CEO
(215) 542-8400
cassin@materials-sciences.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The use of multi-functional composite laminates, including lightweight composite panels, is increasing on U.S. Army tactical vehicles. These advanced polymer matrix composite materials offer the potential to reduce the weight of next generation Army tactical platforms, as well as provide increased ballistic protection along with structural performance. However, weight savings can only be realized if these advanced materials can be tailored to survive in a severe operating environment that includes quasi-static, dynamic and repeated loads. The overarching objective of this work is to develop and deliver a suite of composite material models that can be integrated with the commercially available finite element codes to model damage evolution and deliver information on the health or remaining useable service life of a composite structure. During Phase I of this SBIR program, Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC) has demonstrated the feasibility of implementing a strategy for modeling the inelastic behavior of composite materials and structures subjected to working loads and environments of interest to the military ground vehicle community. As outlined in this proposal, Phase II will focus on validating the methodology on structural components and packaging the simulation and modeling tools for delivery to the government.

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