Innovative Concepts for Low Cost, Light Weight, Highly Durable, Tooling for Composite Structural Component Fabrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: N121-033-1350
Amount: $735,381.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-033
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
3363 South Tech Blvd, Miamisburg, OH, 45342-
DUNS: 808652684
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kory Abbitt
 Driector Business Develop
 (937) 716-5360
Business Contact
 Laura Gray
Title: General Manager
Phone: (937) 350-5274
Research Institution
Renegade Materials Corporation in collaboration with Janicki Industries (JI) completed a Phase I SBIR in October, 2012 focused on optimizing the processing of Renegade"s out-of-autoclave (OOA), high-temperature bismaleimide (BMI) prepreg for use in low cost, durable tooling facesheets. Renegade and Janicki now propose to collaborate on an effort to demonstrate this facesheet concept combined with Janicki"s proprietary substructure approach on a production tool for a large aerospace composite structure on the F-35 Aircraft. F-35 components under consideration are the Weapons Bay Door and the Central Access Straps. Additional work will include simulating tooling cycles on two smaller tools fabricated as part of a Phase I Option, scaling up the Renegade OOA BMI prepreg process for production readiness and completing a cost analysis to show cost savings realized by this innovative approach. Combining Renegade"s OOA BMI prepreg with Janicki"s novel facesheet and substructure tool design will 1) remove the limitation of scale imposed by autoclave size restrictions, 2) increase the available industrial supplier pool for the manufacture of BMI composite tools, 3) reduce cost and lead times for the manufacture of composite tooling, and 4) allow for repair and/or replacement of the facesheet after extensive use in production.

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