Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing for Lightweight Metallic Structures

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,672.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CL37P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
124786
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H5.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MI, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103-9515
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
876942157
Principal Investigator:
John Sheridan
Principal Investigator
(734) 222-4680
john.sheridan@solidica.com
Business Contact:
John Sheridan
Business Official
(734) 222-4680
john.sheridan@solidica.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The goal of this program is to demonstrate the use of UAM to additively build reinforcement structures to reinforce cut outs in larger aluminum structural components. The team will work with NASA to scope a 'generic' opening in an aerospace aluminum structure. UAM will be used to perform two reinforcing activities. Firstly, UAM will be used to thicken the cross section of the aluminum component in a selective manner. This will provide additional stiffness through geometric effects without starting with a large billet of material. Secondly, UAM will be used to embed reinforcing materials (such as SiC fibers, steel wire, carbon fiber) in and around the opening to create a true MMC in the region(s) around the opening. Smalll channels will be machined to receive wire reinforcements. UAM will be used to create an embedded layered structure of embedded fiber around the opening. Mechanical testing of windows will be performed to quantify the increase in mechanical performance.

* 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