Advanced Technologies for Discrete-Parts Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: W9113M-10-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number: L093-001-0026
Amount: $98,794.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA09-001
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
320 Rutledge Road, Fletcher, NC, 28732
DUNS: 186976846
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Janney
 Chief Scientist
 (828) 651-9646
Business Contact
 James Stike
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (828) 651-9646
Research Institution
Since 2005, MIT-LLC has successfully developed the three dimensional engineered preform (3-DEP) process for making near-net-shape, complex geometry, chopped fiber preforms that are subsequently infused with epoxy or other thermosetting resin. We have been approached frequently to determine if we could develop a high performance thermoplastic composite process. The drivers for these inquiries are twofold: (1) thermoplastic-matrix composites are capturing a larger share of the composite materials market because they compete successfully with those of thermoset composites; and (2) manufacturers and end users always look for ways to reduce processing costs and cycle times through near-net-shape fabrication. We will develop chopped-fiber high performance thermoplastic composites based on a preform of co-deposited thermoplastic and structural fibers, which will be compression molded to final shape. We have co-deposited mixed fibers in 3-DEP numerous times including carbon-glass-aramid, carbon-Spectra, and glass-jute. Making a preform containing a structural fiber and a thermoplastic fiber matrix should be straightforward. The questions to be answered include: how best to consolidate the preform into a composite; what are the physical properties of the composite; what advantages (disadvantages) are there to making thermoplastic-matrix composites by the 3-DEP route relative to other thermoplastic composite routes.

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