Durability Modeling and Simulation of Composite Materials (MSC P 9053)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0197
Agency Tracking Number: A093-197-0100
Amount: $119,901.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-197
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
135 Rock Road, Horsham, PA, 19044
DUNS: 075537910
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Caiazzo
 Chief Technical Officer
 (215) 542-8400
 tony@materials-sciences.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Cassin
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (215) 542-8400
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The use of multi-functional composite laminates, including lightweight composite armor panels is increasing on U.S. Army platforms. Future Army Light Tactical Vehicles (LTV), including the Joint Light Tactical vehicles (JLTV) will most likely contain lightweight, armored composite panels that offer significant weight reduction coupled with structural load carrying capability. This SBIR topic focuses on developing a composite material model and post-processing tool compatible with existing Finite Element Analysis software to account for durability failures and represents the composite mechanical properties. The Phase I work is broken into six tasks: 1) Computational Methods Development; 2) Formulation and Implementation of Failure Models; 3) Demonstration of Method for Representative Volume Element (RVE); 4) Fatigue Evaluation Method; 5) Integration with FEA Codes; and 6) Findings and recommendations. The work accomplished under this Phase I SBIR will demonstrate the fidelity of the developed mathematical models to actual test data, and validate the simple case material models as a precursor to developing a new composite material model and corresponding post-processor tools in Phase II.

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