Innovative Low-cost, In-situ Consolidation Head for Complex Geometry Thermoplastic Fiber Placement

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$599,983.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-10-C-0495
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-135-0512
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-135
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
ADC Acquisition Co. dba Automated Dynami
407 Front Street, Schenectady, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799645916
Principal Investigator:
Kurt Kimball
Program Manager
(518) 377-6471
kkimball@automateddynamics.com
Business Contact:
Robert Langone
President
(518) 377-6471
rlangone@automateddynamics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR program specifically focuses in on innovative approaches to overcome the limitations associated with both the non-conformity of the rigid steel consolidation roller as well as building upon the individual tow control functionality of thermoplastic processing heads. Our main objective within the Phase I portion of the program was to develop and demonstrate at a high level, an innovative method of providing a conformable consolidation force in conjunction with the in-situ thermoplastic process. The secondary goals were to conceptually design and integrate the conformable consolidation applicator with a processing head that is able to manage multiple individual tows of tape. Phase II will focuse on further developing the concepts and process techniques developed in Phase I to provide a conformable consolidation method in conjunction with thermoplastic composite fiber placement.

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