Innovative Resin for Non-Autoclave Resin Film Infusion Composites Repair

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-C-5606
Agency Tracking Number: F041-132-2000
Amount: $685,643.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-132
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
APPLIED POLERAMIC, INC.
6166 Egret Court, Benicia, CA, 94510
DUNS: 787223460
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Hayes
 Technical Director
 (707) 747-6738
 hayes@jackpine.com
Business Contact
 Doyle Dixon
Title: Vice President
Phone: (707) 747-6738
Email: poleramic@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Composite parts on aircraft can be field repaired if the damage is small, using only vacuum and heat blankets or portable ovens. As alternative to using wet laminating resins and prepreg systems for repair, resin film infusion (RFI) is cost effective and can alleviate some problems with current repair methods. In Phase I, RFI resin films were developed that have a shelf-life greater than one year at ambient conditions. These resin films were developed in many different areal weights and were vacuum encapsulated for long-term storage. This approach provides a film or films that can be selected according to the fiber preform weight and cut to shape depending on the repair dimensions. Also, a methodology was developed for processing the RFI resin films that results in void free composites having excellent mechanical properties. Phase II will focus on demonstrating this technology and refining the methodology for composite repair applications using specific test parts and combinations of different materials and fabric preforms. A comprehensive study will be performed to understand the relationship between the processing variables and the mechanical performance of the repaired composite.

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