Processing of Selectively-Discontinuous-Fiber (SDF) Composite Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32183
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Rt 1 Box 1379, Lone Oak, TX, 75453
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bill Robinson
 (903) 662-5599
Business Contact
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Research Institution
This proposal is directed at creating discontinuous unidirectional composite from continuous unidirectional prepreg. The process, Selectively-Discontinuous-Fiber (SDF), introduces micro-cuts in preimpregnated unidirectional materials at specified locations. This process will allow unidirectional composite prepreg to be used for the fabrication of complex-compound components that have been impossible in the past. Standard continuous unidirectional composite materials have limited capability to accommodate the small radii often required in intergrally-stiffened structures or to form the complex-compound shapes without sacrificing mechanical integrity. The process uses established technology with minor modifications to accommodate preimpregnated material and can be done on "off-the-shelf" prepreg. This process is truly unique in that it can introduce the micro-cuts at specific locations on the impregnated material, producing selectively discontinuous material.

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