SIMPLIFIED COMPOSITE STRUCTURE JOINING TECHNIQUES FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$49,498.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
5441
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aero-vironment Inc
825 Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA, 91016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
W RAY MORGAN
(805) 581-2187
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE POTENTIAL FOR USING COMPOSITE MATERIALS IN CONSTRUCTING SPACE STATION ENVIRONMENTS APPEARS TO BE DESIRABLE DUE TO THE SUBSTANTIAL PAYLOAD WEIGHT SAVINGS OF POLYMER COMPOSITES, AS COMPARED TO MOVING MORE CONVENTIONAL MATERIALS FROM EARTH. IN THE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT OF SPACE, JOINTS MUST BE HIGHLY STABLE AND RELIABLE, AS WELL AS BEING SIMPLE TO MANUFACTURE. CURRENT TECHNIQUES FOR JOINING, AS USED HERE ON EARTH, MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE OR MAY BE OVER-DESIGNED FOR USE IN SPACE. THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THESE SPACE STRUCTURES ARE LIGHT WEIGHT, HIGH RIGIDITY, ENVIRONMENTAL DURABILITY, AND EASE OF ASSEMBLY. THE PROPOSED EFFORT IS TO DEVELOP THE SIMPLEST POSSIBLE JOINING TECHNIQUE WHICH MEETS THESE GOALS.

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