Fabrication and Process Optimization of Thick Laminates (= 40 ply) From High-Temperature Polyimide/Carbon Fiber Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,853.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-12-M-5135
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-115-0215
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-115
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Maverick Corporation (Currently MAVERICK CORP.)
11379 Grooms Road, Blue Ash, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
879231587
Principal Investigator:
Robert Gray
President
(513) 469-9919
rgray@maverickcorp.com
Business Contact:
Eric Collins
CEO
(513) 469-9919
ecollins@maverickcorp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: Polyimide carbon fiber composites offer performance benefits unlike any other organic matrix material as well as tremendous operational cost savings for both DoD and commercial aerospace applications due to their superior strength-to-weight ratio when compared to titanium. To take full advantage of the weight savings of polyimide matrix composites, a full understanding of the reaction kinetics, volatile removal, and viscosity profile for both the polyimide condensation reaction and addition crosslinking polymerization is required. The primary objective for this Phase I SBIR program will be the optimization of a robust process for fabrication of 40-ply thick polyimide carbon fiber composite laminates. Maverick will focus our efforts on MVK-14 FreeForm as the polyimide resin system based on its processing ease and affordability, high-performance thermal oxidative stability at temperatures 500 degrees F to 550 degrees F and dual use capability for turbine engine components. Maverick and its team members have experience in developing such processes for MVK-14 FreeForm as well as other polyimide systems including AFR-PE-4. A full characterization leading to computational models for all reaction kinetics, volatile removal and viscosity profiles will result in a robust process for the fabrication of complex MVK-14 FreeForm carbon fiber composite components. BENEFIT: A successful effort of the proposed research would result in a full characterization and model generation for MVK-14 FreeForm carbon fiber prepreg that would result in a robust set of processing instructions that could be used by any high-temperature parts fabricator. The increase in manufacturing capability for this material would allow designers at aerospace companies to use more polyimide matrix composites for their applications, reducing weight and increasing efficiency for DoD and commercial applications. The combination of a robust, low cost process and increased design capability will result in a significant cost savings to the Air Force. The results of this SBIR will also be of benefit to the high-temperature polyimide matrix composite community. The methodology for the characterization and overall understanding of the thick laminate processing problems for MVK-14 FreeForm would apply to many other polyimide resin chemistries.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government