Composite Product Development Support
"Convert rough ideas into successful composite products"
CSS' Composite Product Development Support services focus on carbon fiber (CFRP) and fiberglass (GFRP) reinforced polymer composite applications with complex shapes and challenging fiber architecture:
- Irregular Geometries
- Hollow Cross Sections
- Closed Profiles (e.g., Hoops, Rings)
- Nested or Telescoping Structures
- Co-Molded Inserts
Product Design and Process Development Support
Most Composite Product Development efforts, such as CSS' Lightweight Multi-Section Composite Davit project, are an amalgam of composite product design and process development support.
CSS utilizes Computer Aided Design (CAD) and basic Finite Element Analyses (FEA) tools to predict structural performance and optimize the composite design for the specified geometry ... or optimize part geometry for greater producibility and/or performance.
Composite prototype fabrication trials may be conducted by CSS, by the Client with CSS support, or by a prospective composites manufacturer. Prototype fabrication trials validate the tooling design and manufacturing approach as well as provide samples for Client evaluation and testing.
Bladder Inflation Molding Development Support
CSS helps Clients tackle simple to complex prepreg and resin infused Bladder Inflation Molding (BIM) composite product applications. CSS' BIM services include custom bladder development, BIM air fitting and tooling design, and BIM tailored product design and bladder molding process development support.
Theoretical and Laboratory Intensive Application Development Support
CSS maintains an affiliation with the University of Delaware's internationally recognized Center for Composite Materials (CCM) to offer Clients access to state-of-the-art composite laboratories and prototype fabrication facilities as well as solicit input from CCM staff and research professionals.
Research and IP Development Support
Pure research and exploratory development efforts often start with a challenge. Are FRP composites the best material choice for the intended application?
Design & manufacturing trade studies, scale process demonstrations and performance evaluations are used to identify the best composite material, design approach, and manufacturing method for each application.
Intellectual Property (IP) Development Support includes the refinement of less established composite product concepts and assistance securing patent protection. CSS conducts ideation sessions, analyzes competing products, executes patent and prior art searches, and provides content for US Patent Applications.