Cure System Equipment Optimization for Rapid Cure Epoxy Coated Fiberglass
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-137
Topic Title: Cure System Equipment Optimization for Rapid Cure Epoxy Coated Fiberglass
Proposal No.: N082-137-0740
Firm: Renegade Materials Corporation
3363 South Tech Blvd
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342-0826
Contact: Susan Robitaille
Phone: (937) 901-1202
Web Site:
Abstract: Ultraviolet (UV) cure materials and processing equipment have been used extensively in automotive and industrial applications, for decades. Several high-performance UV-curable resins and capital equipment have shown promise for use in military aircraft applications as a composite layer to restore the galvanic barrier, and also as a machining layer to achieve impossible to net-mold composite dimensional tolerances. It is the goal of this program to evaluate a new UV curing resin technology in cooperation with existing and next-generation UV cure lamps, conveyor and robotic curing systems. The use of rapidly cured UV composite materials promises to result in significant savings in fabrication time, cost, and repair of aircraft such as the F35 Lightning JSF. The purpose of this SBIR is to combine the expertise of UV cure equipment technology market-leaders with that of proven aerospace composite product development leaders - to demonstrate, manufacture, and commercialize qualified UV-cure equipment ready for transition to this production platform.
Benefits: Availability and readiness of modern advanced fighter aircraft is critical to the United States maintaining its military superiority. Fabrication methods that significantly reduce the cycle time for production of military aircraft will enhance of our military advantage. Typical fighter aircraft manufacturing processes for composite materials are slow and expensive and any methods that can be developed to reduce cycle times and cost will add to our military advantage. The current process used for restoring corrosion protection on F-35 aircraft graphite-composites parts is time-consuming and waste-intensive. UV cure materials and equipment can reduce processing costs by eliminating expensive prepreg freezer storage, and labor-intensive autoclave or vacuum-bag/oven curing - vastly reducing the time and cost to complete the restoration process.