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2Phase Technologies has awarded subcontracts to researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware on its $2.0M contract from the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate.
This continues 2Phase’s Nevada research team approach to the work begun under AATD sponsorship in 2004.
In this final year the project will complete development of Reconfigurable Tooling Systems (RTS) for depot-level repair of US Army rotorcraft and will transfer that technology to the Army repair depots. The repair approach makes use of 2Phase Technologies’ patented state-change materials to provide integrated tooling and process systems.
2Phase formed a development team in the first year of the contract that included researchers from UNR, UNLV and from the Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware. Dr. Linda Clements, 2Phase’s Director of Materials R&D, explained the value of the university collaboration. “During the first two years of the contract Prof. Shen-Yi Luo of UNR and Prof. Brendan J. O’Toole of UNLV, and their graduate and undergraduate students, provided us with understanding of our unique tooling materials and systems—understanding that was critical to our development of effective repair systems.” She continued, “We also engaged the help of University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials. As an Army Center of Excellence, CCM has been invaluable in offering guidance on Army composite requirements and in transferring this technology to the Nevada universities.”
Dr. John Crowley, President and CEO of 2Phase, explained. “The materials work at the universities combined with development by 2Phase will allow the Army to effect high quality repairs that will permit damaged or aging rotorcraft to return to their vital missions much more quickly, even while greatly reducing the cost of repairs.”
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