Single ply 3Dwoven Functionally Gradient Multi-Fiber / Multi-Matrix Composites with Thermal Management Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-3616
Agency Tracking Number: F041-249-0553
Amount: $420,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-249
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
3TEX, INC.
109 MacKenan Drive, Cary, NC, 27511
DUNS: 030936335
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Sharp
 Senior Development Engine
 (919) 481-2500
 sharpk@3tex.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Watson
Title: Controller/Corp Secretary
Phone: (919) 481-2500
Email: watsona@3tex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In composites, not only can properties vary with load direction, fiber based composites also offer the unique ability to tailor material properties locally. Localized matrix or fiber architecture changes can meet local mechanical, electrical, or thermal loads within a component or vehicle, without weight penalty or resort to additional external structures. In Phase I, the team used 3TEX 3-D weaving technology and UD-CCM co-infusion technology to demonstrate techniques capable of local tailoring by producing a composite panel with a 5 to 10 fold increase in through thickness thermal conductivity within a selected area of the panel. For Phase II, the effort will focus on delivering a prototype of a marketable product while developing tools to progress the design and manufacturing technologies needed for local tailoring of properties. EMI enclosures offer an application that would both benefit from increased through thickness conductivity in a composite and offer a rapid route to market. Using the 3-D weaving technology along with co-infusion of resins will yield a solution which meets most of the performance and weight reductions gained with expensive all pitch tape laminated enclosures while keeping cost on par with a plain commercial grade carbon fiber VARTM part.

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