NASA STTR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- T12.01-7662
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Thin-Ply Composite Technology and Applications
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Multiscale Design Tool and Process Development of Thin-Ply Composites
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC):
RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
Name:   Technical Data Analysis, Inc.
Name:   Missouri University of Science and Technology
Street:  3190 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 650
Street:  300 W. 12th Street 202 Centennial Hall
City:   Falls Church
City:   Rolla
State/Zip:  VA  22042-4549
State/Zip:   MO 65409 - 1330
Phone:  (703) 237-1300
Phone:   (573) 341-4124


Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mehdi Naderi
mnaderi@tda-i.com
3190 Fairview Park Dr., Suite 650 Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-1300

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Scott Bradfield
sbradfield@tda-i.com
3190 Fairview Park Dr., Suite 650 Falls Church, VA 22042 - 4549
(703) 226-4061
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 3
Technical Abstract

Use of thin ply composites offers good potential for significant mass savings for aerospace structures besides its improved resistance to micro-cracking, fatigue, and delamination.  However, mass savings due to thin-ply technology depends on material and fabrication technology, vehicle configuration, structural design, loads etc. Structural integrity of components made from thin plies need to be characterized over the service life considering the operational and environmental loads. Analysis packages are therefore needed to study how the thin ply manufacturing process parameters, part design and fabrication affect the properties and performance of the composite part over the service life.  TDA, therefore, proposes to develop an integrated assessment tool for thin-ply composites including manufacturing process, material characterization and performance evaluation which results in improved design of aerospace structures. Our analysis methods and tools provide NASA and other industry users to evaluate, test numerous different carbon manufacturing technologies in order to cover all requirements as needed.

Potential NASA Applications

Thin Ply composites potential for use in NASA’s applications arises from its higher fatigue and temperature cycling resistance, and superior capability in leak-tightness and micro cracking resistance. We foresee the immediate application of advances of our analysis tool to assess thin ply composites for use on pressurized structural systems such deep space habitation structures, and on reconnaissance aircraft, whether it is for integral tanks and other airframe structural parts. 

Potential Non-NASA Applications

We foresee use of thin ply composites in advanced components for the space, aeronautics, automotive, renewable energy and machine building industries. Our analysis methods and tools provide users to evaluate, test numerous different carbon manufacturing technologies in order to cover all requirements as needed.  Our tools will allow users to accept product design and performance limitations due to manufacturing and procurement constraints. 


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