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Cornerstone Creates New Materials Company

18 June 2004

Cornerstone Research Group, a Beavercreek-based research and development company, is to begin a new manufacturing entity.

The spinoff, CRG Industries LLC, will manufacture state-of-the-art materials licensed or created by Cornerstone's research. Among those materials are shape memory polymers and smart composites as well as glassy liquid crystals, syntactic foams and syntactic laminates.

Cornerstone said the materials will have consumer, industrial and government uses, such as in flat panel displays, architectural structures and automotive components.

Cornerstone has created 23 new jobs and student internships since the beginning of 2004. The company has a number of contracts with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including research and development of shape memory polymers for the U.S. Air Force and commercial users.

The Cornerstone Research Group Inc. was recently awarded a Department of Defence (DoD) Phase II contract for “Morphing Aircraft Applications of Shape Memory Polymer.”

This contract focuses on the application of morphing aircraft technology that was developed in a Phase I contract with CRG for “Adaptive Wing Structures.” CRG is working closely with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force on this project.

CRG is developing an aircraft wing that changes shape in flight to increase aerodynamic efficiency, manoeuvrability, mission capability, and operational range. CRG is using their current smart materials and will seek to create new ones in this process. The work that is being done on this project is laying the groundwork for future morphing aircraft designs and can have many applications in the aerospace industry.






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