NetComposites
Advanced Engineering 2018

ADA Technologies Awarded $80K Contract from U.S. Navy

15 October 2010

ADA Technologies has received an $80,000 contract from the U.S. Navy to conduct research into the development of high performance fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for use in the design and manufacture of robust and reliable submarine and submersible hatches.

The six-month contract was awarded to ADA, in partnership with Alion Science and Technology, Mystic, CT.

The Phase I research focuses on the use of nanomaterials to greatly enhance the interlaminar properties of FRP materials. ADA’s approach is based on the selection of tailoring of nanomaterials that are relatively inexpensive and available in large volumes. As a result, ADA’s technology is a highly cost-effective method of addressing current deficiencies in FRP materials.

“We expect ADA’s material technology to provide dramatic improvements in key material properties, while having minimal impact on material and manufacturing costs,” said Douglas Campbell, ADA R&D program manager. “Furthermore, we are especially excited as it addresses a significant performance limitation of FRP composites and thus would have broad application to not only the marine industry, but also the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, sporting goods and virtually all industries that make use of FRP composite material.”

“Furthermore, we are especially excited as it addresses a significant performance limitation of FRP composites and thus would have broad application to not only the marine industry, but also the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, sporting goods and virtually all industries that make use of FRP composite material.”

The research program combines ADA’s expertise in polymers, nanoparticle reinforcement, FRP material development and manufacturing scale-up, with Alion’s expertise in composite structural systems design.






Related / You might like...

Dilutec´s Gelcoats Meet Shipyard Requirements

Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.

Compcut 200 Increases Testing Productivity at Renault Sport Racing

Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.

80-Year-Old Massachusetts Bridge Gets FiberSPAN FRP Deck

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.