High Quality Powder Towpregs and Tapes for Use with Automated Placement Processes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-5306
Award Id:
73004
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-141-2359
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
859106296
Principal Investigator:
Ronald Allred
President
(505) 346-1685
adherenttech@earthlink.net
Business Contact:
Susan Switzer
Administrative Projects Manager
(505) 346-1685
adherenttech@comcast.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Manufacture of polymer matrix composite (PMC) jet engine parts is expensive due to the high cost of needed high temperature materials and fabrication processes currently in use. To reduce costs and improve quality, automated composite fabrication methods such as filament winding, automated tape placement, and fiber or tow placement coupled with non-autoclave processing offer great promise for use in a variety of applications. This Phase I program focuses on the development of high temperature towpregs and tapes for use in ATP methods, using ATI's high speed powder impregnation process. The materials to be evaluated will include several commercially available polyimide matrix materials on carbon fibers that are suitable for high-temperature applications, such as fan bypass ducts and front and rear augmenting ducts in jet engines. Coupled with on-line tape production, this method should dramatically reduce the costs associated with producing high-quality impregnated tows and tapes. These 100% solids materials better utilize the expensive high tempreature polyimide resins (low resin loss), provide better uniformity of the matrix resin throughout fabricated parts, and should provide improved mechanical properties in the final components. As such, this approach has the potential for reducing costs by a variety of means.

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