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Composites Update

October 2021

Oct. 12, 2021 Register for the Brandywine Valley Chapter, Virtual meeting to hear presentation by Dr. Dirk Heider on Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming (TuFF).

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August 2021

Aug. 20, 2021 U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester tour UD-CCM, Applications Technology Transfer Laboratory
U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester toured the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM), Applications Technology Transfer Laboratory August 20, 2021, seeing where and how the world’s strongest short fiber composite (TuFF) was invented.

Tailored universal Feedstock for Forming (TuFF) was invented by a team of researchers at UD-CCM, who are working on ways to apply this core technology, which has the potential to revolutionize high-speed composites manufacturing, to enable the flying taxis of the future, repair our nation’s infrastructure and improve manufacturing capabilities to produce the ultra-lightweight material with aerospace properties at costs and production rates like those found in the automotive industry.

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March 2021

March 31, 2021

NASA provides $45 million boost to U.S. small businesses
“At NASA, we recognize that small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic,” says Jim Reuter, associate administrator for the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).
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March 18, 2021 University of Delaware TuFF composite material shows high potential for UAM
According to research developers at the University of Delaware’s (UD) Center for Composite Materials (CCM), target applications for its high-performance, short-fiber composite material, TuFF (Tailored Universal Feedstock for Forming), may be limitless.
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March 9, 2021 TuFF Technology is taking off
Believe it or not, fighter jets, flying cars, natural gas pipelines and plastic bottles may be more alike than you think.
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February 2021

Feb. 16, 2021 National Innovation Day
As the nation celebrates National Innovation Day on Tuesday, Feb. 16, UD leadership recognized the innovation and commercialization efforts of 232 inventors hailing from all corners of our campus community — faculty, researchers and students, including our very own TuFF materials.
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December 2020

Dec. 15, 2020 Additive Manufacturing
University of Delaware Professor Mark Mirotznik and others in UD’s Additive Manufacturing Technology Center are developing novel device lenses for wireless communications that could usher in a new wave of capabilities.
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October 2020

Oct. 19 2020 U.S. Dept. of Energy awards UD-CCM $2.5M
U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials $2.5M to tackle challenges in plastic waste – Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills.
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Oct. 15, 2020 UD-CCM receives $2.7M NASA award
The University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials has been awarded a $2.7M NASA contract for design, manufacturing, testing, and delivery of composite components for the xEMU spacesuit program. The collaborative program will develop impact and damage resistant lightweight composite designs, develop manufacturing procedures, and fabricate flight quality composite hardware for verification testing.
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September 2020

Sept. 28, 2020

Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Awards UD-CCM $1.9M for 2020-2021
Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) Awards UD-CCM $1.9M for 2020-2021
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Sept. 23, 2020

NASA-ULI Awards UD-CCM $5.9M
Using newly developed TuFF material, NASA-ULI Awards UD-CCM $5.9M to address technology barriers in manufacturing of complex geometry composite parts for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and commercial air platforms, meeting aerospace performance at automotive-like production rates, and to transition technology to our industrial partner followed the US industrial by base.

August 2020

Aug. 12 2020 UD-CCM’s TuFF Team receives 2020 Delmonte Award for Innovation Excellence
UD-CCM’s TuFF Team receives 2020 Delmonte Award for Innovation Excellence in the field of materials and processes. Award will be virtually presented to Dr.’s Jack Gillespie, Dirk Heider, Shridhar Yarlagadda, John Tierney, Nicholas Shevchenko and Mr. Alex Vanarelli on Nov. 15.
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Aug. 7, 2020 UD-CCM wins $5.9M ARPA-E Program
University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials wins $5.9M ARPA-e program on robotic repair of gas pipelines using #TuFF i-Wrap technology. Research team has created the “TuFF internal WRAP for Rapid Pipeline Repair” (TuFF iWRAP) program, establishing a novel composite material feedstock and robotic placement process to fabricate stand-alone structural pipe within existing pipelines.
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