Innovative Low-cost, In-situ Consolidation Head for Complex Geometry Thermoplastic Fiber Placement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0499
Agency Tracking Number: N082-135-0550
Amount: $79,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-135
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
134 Sandy Dr, Newark, DE, 19713
DUNS: 960998474
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Gruber
 Senior Partner
 (302) 369-5390
Business Contact
 Mark Gruber
Title: Senior Partner
Phone: (302) 369-5390
Research Institution
Accudyne proposes a SBIR program, endorsed by Sikorsky, Cytec Engineered Materials, and NASA-LaRC, to develop a cost-effective thermoplastic automated tow placement (ATP) process and demonstrate it by fabricating and testing a complex contoured skin (Phase 1) and a CH-53K rotorcraft lower cabin or ramp skin (Phase 2). The process employs in situ consolidation, avoiding the autoclave. The targeted part properties are those measured from autoclave-consolidated laminates. The selected Cytec APC-2 material system features inherent toughness, matching rotorcraft application requirements. For Phase 1, Accudyne will employ their already operating thermoplastic heated head that features full conformable compactors, individual tow-cut-and-add, and creates excellent microstructure. This plan will allow the rapid identification of the challenges to fabricating the complex contoured parts. Following Phase 2, Accudyne will offer an automated fiber placement machine and heated head for sale to the industry that is capable of fabricating the desired parts without using the autoclave.

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