LOFTING AND FABRICATION OF COMPOUND-CURVED PLATES

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$43,198.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14258
Agency Tracking Number:
14258
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
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P.o. Box 684, Main Street, Southwest Harbor, ME, 04679
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John S. Letcher, Jr
President
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Business Contact:
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Research Institution:
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Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE THE MATHEMATICAL DESCRIPTION AND QUANTITATIVE UNDERSTANDING OF INCREMENTAL COMPOUNDING AND BENDING PROCESSES USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF COMPOUND-CURVED METAL PLATES FROM FLAT SHEET STOCK. THE METHOD PROPOSED IS BASED ON DIFFERENTIAL GEOMETRY AND FINITE-ELEMENT METHODS. IT WOULD PROVIDE LOFTING OF ACCURATE BOUNDARY CURVES TO BE CUT FROM THE FLAT MATERIAL, AS WELL AS QUANTITATIVE COMPOUNDING INSTRUCTIONS AND POTENTIAL FEEDBACK CONTROL, SUCH THAT PLATES CAN BE FORMED WHICH ARE APPLICABLE AND/OR FULLY CONFORMED TO SPECIFIC PREPLANNED PORTIONS OF A DESIGNED SURFACE, WITH MINIMAL OR ZERO FIELD TRIM. THREE SPECIFIC AREAS ARE ADDRESSED IN PHASE I RESEARCH: (1) DISCOVERY OF MORE EFFICIENT AND ACCURATE NUMERICAL METHODS FOR SOLUTION OF THE NONLINEAR FINITE-ELEMENT EQUATIONS; (2) FORMULATION AND SOLUTION OF A FINITE-ELEMENT CHARACTERIZATION OF BENDING, THE EXTRINSIC GEOMETRY OF THE PLATE; AND (3) FINITE-ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF RESIDUAL MEMBRANE STRESSES INTRODUCED DURING COMPOUNDING, AND QUANTIFICATION OF THEIR EFFECTS ON THE COMPOUNDING PROCESS.

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