Affordable Composite Fan Containment Case with Integral Toughening Elements

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS3-02160
Agency Tracking Number: 013896
Amount: $596,224.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4595 East Tech Drive, Cincinnati, OH, 45245
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike Braley
 Principal Investigator
 (513) 688-3233
Business Contact
 Andrew Head
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (513) 688-3200
Research Institution
The proposed program will develop and demonstrate an affordable manufacturing approach to fabricate the latest generation of damage tolerant composite fan case designs. These designs embed a grid of stiffener ribs within the composite laminate to limit damage propagation that is initiated during the fan blade containment event. This grid blunts the crack growth and restricts damage within a safe zone that permits structural viability of the case after the blade is contained. The proposed work package will demonstrate that advanced braiding concepts can be used to fabricate these composite-toughening elements in a cost-effective manner. This economically viable fabrication method will allow widespread application of the toughened design concept and enable weight efficient, safe containment system designs for high bypass turbofan engines.

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