Advanced Vacuum Bagging Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-13-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: N112-102-0565
Amount: $749,373.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-102
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
DUNS: 877299446
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Price
 Senior Scientist
 (614) 797-2200
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Research Institution
The objective of SBIR topic N112-102 is to develop a vacuum bagging system compatible with deep draw composite structures to support autoclave and vacuum-bag-only curing processes in a more cost effective manner compared with conventional nylon bagging techniques. The Phase I program efforts focused on the development and demonstration of a single-use liquid polyurethane system that could be applied directly on the composite layup using conventional spray equipment. After rapid curing, the liquid polyurethane system produced an impermeable yet conformal vacuum bag (coating) that is more time and cost effective to apply than conventional vacuum bagging materials, thereby reducing manufacturing costs and improving part quality. The Phase II program will focus on optimizing the performance of the single use system and quickly transitioning this technology to the user environment, while METSS shifts focus to the development of a multi-use spray-on system, which may be more compatible with additional manufacturing scenarios.

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