Advanced Vacuum Bagging Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,373.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-13-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number:
N112-102-0565
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N112-102
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
877299446
Principal Investigator:
Jack Price
Senior Scientist
(614) 797-2200
jprice@metss.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Heater
President
(614) 797-2200
kheater@metss.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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