PROCESSING GRAPHITE WITH PEEK USING A THERMOPLSTIC WELDING HEAD AND THE ROBOTIC WINDING SYSTEM (ROWS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$246,117.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3719
Agency Tracking Number:
3719
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
105 Jordan Rd, Troy, NY, 12180
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Kenneth B Bubeck
(518) 283-8822
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
IT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THIS FIRM THAT FIBER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES MATERIALS OFFER COST AND PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGES COMPARED TO CONVENTIONAL THERMOSETTING MATERIALS. THE INDUSTRY IS GOING TO BE FACED WITH SEARCHING FOR THREE DIMENSIONAL FABRICATION TECHNIQUES THAT ARE AUTOMATED AND USE ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN CAD/CAM. THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES AN EFFORT TO USE AVAILABLE PRE-PREG MATERIALS AND RESEARCH A TECHNIQUE FOR FABRICATING INTEGRALLY STIFFENED STRUCTURAL PREFORMS. THIS FIRM HAS SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOPED THE TECHNIQUE ROWS FOR FILAMENT WINDING THERMOSET COMPOSITE MATERIALS USING A ROBOTIC MANIPULATOR, INTELLIGENT WINDING MECHANISM AND SOPHISTICATED CAD/CAM SOFTWARE PACKAGES. IT IS BELIEVED BY THE PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR OF THIS PROPOSAL THAT A THERMOPLASTIC WELDING HEAD CAN BE DESIGNED AND BUILT THAT WILL EFFECTIVELY PROCESS THERMOPLASTIC THROUGH AUTOMATION TOOLS ALREADY DEVELOPED BY THIS FIRM. FUTURE RESEARCH EFFORTS WILL FOCUS ON ESTABLISHING A ROBOTIC WORKCELL THAT WILL PROCESS THIS MATERIAL IN A PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT.

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