CONTINUOUS HEATED ROLL FORMING OF THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2088
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
37 Washington Ave, E Haven, CT, 06512
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Maass
 (203) 469-4647
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP A CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION METHOD BASED ON THE USE OF CONTINUOUS FIBER REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL. HEATED ROLL FORMING (HRF), AN ADAPTATION OF THE METAL ROLL FORMING PROCESS, IS TO BE USED BECAUSE OF ITS ABILITY TO PRODUCE A VERY BROAD RANGE OF SHAPES, SIZES, AND MATERIALS IN HIGH VOLUME AND THEREFORE LOW UNIT COST. THE APPROACH TO HRF PROCESS DEVELOPMENT IS TO SELECT AND DESIGN A REPRESENTATIVE COMPONENT, SELECT A SUITABLE THERMOPLASTIC MATERIAL AND MATERIAL FORM AND THEN DEVELOP HRF PROCESS PARAMETERS TO PRODUCE THE CHOSEN COMPONENT. AFTER FABRICATION TRIALS, A TEST COMPONENT IS LOADED TO VERIFY THE PROCESS, MATERIAL AND DESIGN. ANTICIPATED PHASE II FOLLOW-ON FUNDING COULD BE USED TO BUILD DEDICATED HRF MACHINERY, EXPAND THE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS, EXTEND THE CURRENT WORK TO OTHER MATRIX MATERIALS, AND EXPERIMENT WITH SECONDARY FORMING OPERATIONS.

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