Metal Matrix Composite Feedstock for Advanced Fiber Placement Process

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CL36P
Agency Tracking Number: 125352
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: H5.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
WV, Triadelphia, WV, 26059-1139
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Gordon
 Program Manager
 (304) 547-5800
 blg@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: Business Official
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: jrj@trl.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
The proposed research pursues a path for reducing structural weight, increasing structural performance, and reducing fabrication cost while also minimizing maintainability. The approach, which is a based on selective reinforcement, is a change in the basic design philosophy and will result in the development of a hybrid material form. The selective reinforcement approach allows the structural design requirements to define the material form. This is the reverse of the typical development flow path used for building structures. This backward path results in more efficient material forms that are of greater value to structural engineers. Specifically, the proposed effort will combine a metal matrix composite (MMC) prepreg tape feedstock with an advanced fiber placement process. The combination of these technologies will lead to enhanced metallic structures through selective reinforcement (SR), which consists of adding a high-performance material to structures to achieve local stiffening and strengthening.

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