Innovative Approaches for Enhancing Interlaminar Shear Strength of Two-Dimensional (2D) Composite Reinforced Flexbeams and Yokes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0176
Agency Tracking Number: N093-171-0843
Amount: $79,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-171
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Performance Polymer Solutions Inc.
2711 Lance Drive, Moraine, OH, 45409
DUNS: 119128051
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Curliss
 President
 (937) 298-3713
 david.curliss@p2si.com
Business Contact
 David Curliss
Title: President
Phone: (937) 298-3713
Email: david.curliss@p2si.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I Small Business Innovative Research Program will develop and characterize a novel class of low-cost, lightweight hybrid composite materials that will enhance both the interlaminar shear strength and the high-cycle fatigue life of composite structures used for Navy rotorcraft applications, such as flexbeams and yokes. Performance Polymer Solutions Inc. will develop composite structures utilizing a patented Nanofiber Fused Microfiber (Nf2-M) approach, which produces a three-dimensional reinforcement microstructural architecture of multi-walled carbon nanotubes fused directly to primary reinforcing glass fibers. Incorporating Nf2-M hybrid material into these structures will enhance composite mechanical and thermal performance, thus increasing interlaminar shear strength and high-cycle fatigue life, without the addition of tooling or manufacturing process steps, all while maintaining the lightweight and low-cost characteristics of Navy rotorcraft systems.

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