Lightweight sandwich composites for improved thermal and acoustic performance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$99,400.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-04-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number:
N032-0811
Solicitation Year:
2003
Solicitation Topic Code:
N03-157
Solicitation Number:
2003.2
Small Business Information
ADVANCED CERAMICS RESEARCH, INC.
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602374951
Principal Investigator
 Ranji Vaidyanathan
 Manager, Advanced Materia
 (520) 434-6392
 rkv@acrtucson.com
Business Contact
 Brett Waldo
Title: Controller
Phone: (520) 573-6300
Email: bwaldo@acrtucson.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this phase I SBIR program, Advanced Ceramics Research, Inc. (ACR) proposes the development of an innovative, one-step co-curing fabrication process for sandwich composite structures with a flexible insulating material encapsulated by an fiberglass/epoxy face sheet for thermal and acoustic barrier applications. The flexible insulating material has excellent thermal and acoustic properties, is commercially available but its use has been limited due to the lack of structural integrity. The advantage of the proposed method is that in a stitched sandwich construction it can provide exceptional thermal and acoustic properties at half the thickness of current fiberglass/epoxy composites. ACR's patented water soluble tooling material will be used in the fabrication of sandwich panels with complex geometry. This provides the opportunity to make sandwich panels to fit any given profile further reducing size and weight. The composite panels can also be fabricated for modular construction to provide high repair/replaceablity at low cost.

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