COMPOSITES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4312
Amount: $71,456.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
44 Hunt St, Watertown, MA, 02172
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DR GERALD ENTINE
 (617) 926-1167
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE ADVENT OF GRAPHITE REINFORCED COMPOSITES HAS LED TO SIGNIFICANT ADVANCES IN AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY. SUCH COMPOSITES ARE ESSENTIAL TO MODERN FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY BECUASE OF THEIR EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD STRENGTH-TO-WEIGHT RATIOS AND MANY AIRCRAFT AND MISSILE COMPONENTS ARE NOW MADE FROM THESE MATERIALS. AN IMMEDIATE NEED EXISTS, HOWEVER,FOR A RELIABLE TECHNIQUE TO DETERMINE THE FIBER TO RESIN RATIO OF COMPOSITE COMPONENTS FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND PROCESS CONTROL. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WILL EXAMINE A NOVEL, NONDESTRUCTIVE NUCLEAR TESTING TECHNIQUE FOR PERFORMING THIS MEASUREMENT. BOTH A NUCLEAR TRANSMISSION AND A NUCLEAR BACKSCATTER CONFIGURATION WILL BE EXAMINED. BY THE END OF THE PHASE I-PHASE II PROGRAM, A COMPLETE PROTOTYPE INSTRUMENT WILL HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED SUITABLE FOR TESTING A RELEVANT COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING SITES. THIS WORK WILL BE BASED IN PART ON PREVIOUS WORK PERFORMED AT RMD WHICH RESULTED IN THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT OF AN INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE GLASS CONTENT IN FIBERGLASS REINFORCED COMPOSITES.

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