Improved Resin Injection Repairs for Polymer Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0278
Agency Tracking Number: N121-020-0422
Amount: $748,610.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-020
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Applied Poleramic, Inc.
6166 Egret Court, Benicia, CA, -
DUNS: 787223460
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Hayes
 Technical Director
 (707) 747-6738
Business Contact
 Doyle Dixon
Title: Vice President
Phone: (707) 747-6738
Research Institution
Composite structures on Naval aircraft are often damaged during manufacturing or in service. Depending on the level of damage, the part will require repair or replacement to make operable and safe for flight. While there are many different types of repair methods, resin injection offers a less intrusive method of repair and does not require near the post-processing of other methods. However, this method of repair has usually only been utilized for cosmetic purposes and has not allowed the complete restoration of the structural performance of the part. This is due to many reasons including the repair resin rheology and wetting, compatibility and reactivity of the repair resin to the substrate, and mechanical properties. Accordingly, a resin having the necessary viscosity, wetting, and adhesion characteristics along with aircraft matrix mechanical properties would make a unique resin injection repair material that could enable restoration of the performance of the damaged part to its original capability. This would initially find significant use in reducing costs associated with manufacturing related flaws such as those occurring in the development program of the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter as well as other Navy aircraft.

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