Heated Thermoplastic Fiber Placement Head for NASA Langley Research Center

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,714.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNL04AB24P
Award Id:
67312
Agency Tracking Number:
034127
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
134 B Sandy Drive, Newark, DE, 19713
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
960998474
Principal Investigator:
MarkGruber
Principal Investigator
(302) 369-5390
mgruber@accudynesys.com
Business Contact:
MarkGruber
Senior Partner
(302) 369-5390
mgruber@accudynesys.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Reduced mass composite materials are crucial to the success of aerospace systems, but are inhibited by expensive autoclave consolidation, especially for large parts. To remedy this, NASA-LaRC has been developing cost-effective high-performance thermoplastic composite materials for years. NASA materials could dramatically reduce the cost of large aerospace structures, because those materials avoid the autoclave. However, NASA lacks a robust, cost-effective fabrication process to tow-place these emerging materials into laminates, and thus can?t evaluate their usefulness to industry. This program develops for NASA-LaRC the processing equipment that allows material evaluation and allows out-of-autoclave fiber placement. In particular, this program will deliver a heated in situ deposition head to fit on NASA-LaRCs placement machine. Heads can also be sold to industrial companies for existing placement machines so that aerospace composites can be fabricated out of the autoclave. In phase I, the deposition head will be designed and reviewed with NASA. The process window requirements for the placement head for NASA materials will be verified. In phase II, we will complete the design, fabricate, install, and prove-out the head equipment. We then start up the deposition head at NASA so that the emerging NASA-LaRC materials can be proven in laminates.

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