Optimal Composite Materials using NASA Resins or POSS Nanoparticle Modifications for Low Cost Fabrication of Large Composite Aerospace Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL05AA89P
Agency Tracking Number: 041123
Amount: $68,204.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: X6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
134 Sandy Drive, Newark, DE, 19713-1147
DUNS: 960998474
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Gruber
 Principal Investigator
 (302) 369-5390
 mgruber@accudyne.com
Business Contact
 Mark Gruber
Title: Business Official
Phone: (302) 369-5390
Email: mgruber@accudyne.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Reduced mass composite materials are crucial to the success of aerospace systems, but their adoption is inhibited because they require autoclave consolidation, a process that is prohibitively expensive for large aerospace structure. To remedy this, NASA-LaRC has been developing cost-effective high-performance thermoplastic composite processing equipment that enables out-of-autoclave tape placement. In particular, NASA is working with Accudyne Systems to install a heated in situ deposition placement head to fit on NASA-LaRC's placement machine. This SBIR is to create the optimal composite material feedstock to go hand-in-hand with the thermoplastic process equipment so as to create desirable mechanical and physical properties in a part with out-of-autoclave in-situ placement. Accudyne Systems will define the matrix resin and fabricate thermoplastic tape to create the ideal in situ processible material. The first approach will be to proveout a fully amorphous composite based upon NASA 8515. This avoids the undesirable kinetics of a semi-crystalline thermoplastic like PEEK. The second approach will be to use POSS nanoparticles in semi-crystalline PEEK to accelerate crystallinity to the short time scale of the in situ process. The best options will be commercialized to allow NASA and aerospace primes to fabricate low-cost large composite structure for air and space transport.

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