Polymer Matrix Composites using Fused Deposition Modeling Technology

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CG33P
Agency Tracking Number: 110236
Amount: $124,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2809-K Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031-4409
DUNS: 167433531
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Kausik Mukhopadhyay
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 560-1371
Business Contact
 Tirumalai Sudarshan
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Email: sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institution
 University of Texas at El Paso
 Irene Holguin
 500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX, 79968-0587
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 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology that allows fabrication of complex three-dimensional geometries layer-by-layer. The goal of the present proposal is to extend FDM technology to create new polymer matrix composites (PMCs) comprising of polymers and inorganic matrices. Innovative design coupled with novel PMCs can be used for cryogenic and high temperature applications. An integrated and automated process based on the FDM technology would facile large-scale manufacturing process of these PMCs. These materials can be used for making robotic components for terrestrial or extra-terrestrial applications, in aviation and defense industries, making turbine blades etc. Coupling the synthetic and cost-effective production approaches, FDM would facilitate making PMCs that can also be used for cryogenic and high temperature applications.

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