Innovative Approaches to the Fabrication of Composite Rotary Wing Main Rotor Blade Spars

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,968.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-08-C-0196
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-026-0969
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-026
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
ADC ACQUISITION CO. DBA AUTOMATED DYNAMI
407 Front Street, Schenectady, NY, 12305
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799645916
Principal Investigator:
Anne Roberts
Project Engineer
(518) 377-6471
aroberts@automateddynamics.com
Business Contact:
Robert Langone
Vice President
(518) 377-6471
rlangone@automateddynamics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Commonly, composite rotor blade spars are fabricated by hand layups or other non-optimized, not fully automated procedures. These methods are labor intensive and require many de-bulking steps, making them expensive. The results are often inconsistent due to the nature of work done by hand. In our process, continuous graphite fiber reinforced thermoset prepreg tape will be used in conjunction with our automated fiber placement technology to produce high performance composite main rotor blade spars. Since our process is automated, it provides repeatable and accurate results with less labor involvement. The use of continuous fiber reinforced prepreg tape allows us to tailor the lay-up to suit the design criteria at hand. Our automated process provides low cost effective manufacturing methods for the production of high quality composite structures.

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