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Improved Manufacturing Technologies for Polymer Matrix Composite Engine Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5315
Agency Tracking Number: F061-115-3006
Amount: $99,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-115
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-04-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-08-27
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 730, 33 River Vista Drive, Dayton, NV, 89403
DUNS: 031850790
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ted Jacobson
 Chief Technology Officer
 (408) 450-7900
Business Contact
 John Crowley
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (408) 450-7900
Research Institution
This proposal addresses the development and use of lightweight, low thermal-capacity reformable tooling materials for high-temperature composite processing evaluation, parts prototyping, trial production and full-rate production of PMC engine components. The weight-saving promise of high-temperature polymer matrix composites (PMCs) for engine components is offset by the very high costs of parts manufacture. In processing polyimide-matrix composites to produce engine duct components, current tooling and methods require very long processing times. Optimized tooling would provide a ramp-up rate consistent with the heatup rate of the composite material, while providing the strength to withstand the process temperatures and pressures.

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