Rapid, Low-Cost, Reformable Tooling for Prototyping and Short-run Manufacturing of Advanced Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$69,794.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F2960103M0284
Award Id:
64186
Agency Tracking Number:
031-1134
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 730, 33 River Vista Drive, Dayton, NV, 89403
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
031850790
Principal Investigator:
Linda Clements
Director of Materials R&D
(775) 246-0505
clements@775.net
Business Contact:
John Crowley
President
(775) 720-4104
jcrowley@775.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A major obstacle for BMD systems to the introduction of new structures and designs using high-performance composites is the time and cost of the tooling required both to prototype and test new components and to transfer accepted designs to manufacturing.The development of reformable, reusable tooling based on 2Phase Technologies' patented state-change materials will reduce the time, cost and effort associated with conventional or alternative tooling. It will also provide the flexibility for prototypingand short-run manufacture of advanced composite structures. State-change materials are produced from mixtures of liquids and solids and can be selected to permit tailoring of the required properties. They can be switched from the liquid state to theconsolidated state at room temperature with no change in volume. Once in the consolidated state they can be hardened to a ceramic phase. After processing the state-change materials can be returned to the liquid state for reuse and tool reformation ormodification. Building on the demonstrated capabilities for the state-change materials and reformable tooling systems, 2Phase Technologies proposes in Phase I to enhance both scale and complexity of tooling that can be created to enable the prototypingand manufacture of complex composite structures for BMD applications. The results of this research will contribute to reduced development cycles in going from

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