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Composites Automation. LLC located in Newark, DE, focuses on advanced composite materials and process technologies. We are seeking to develop unique composites products, such as novel composite materials and advanced composite processing and automation solutions. Founded in 2001, our customer base includes industry and government partners.

Composites Automation LLC has unique composites processing (autoclave, prepreg, LCM, forming), materials (fibers and polymers) and design (CATIA and others) capabilities. Co-located at the world-renowned Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware (UD-CCM) the unique relationship gives access to more than $10Mil in equipment for materials and processing research as well as key personnel with a vast experience in the field of composites R&D.


Contact Information:


Dirk Heider

101 S. Academy Street

Composites Manufacturing Science Lab

Newark DE 19702



Recent News

May 2015: Composites Automation LLC wins navy SBIR Phase I award

The U.S. Navy is moving towards higher utilization of composites to reduce weight and improve structural properties, while meeting other requirements including cost, maintenance and signature control. Structures fabricated from unidirectional prepreg laminae processed using autoclave exhibit the highest mechanical performance due to the superior quality of the laminate in terms of fiber volume fraction and void content, and show the best fatigue resistance due to the complete straightness of the fiber layup. Nevertheless, this process and material forms are often too expensive for most naval applications. Alternatively, low-cost and scalable processing approaches such as Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) meet cost and most structural targets but typically exhibit reduced fatigue performance due to fiber undulation even when using non-crimp (NCF) fabric.

May 2015: Composites Automation LLC wins Navy STTR Phase I award

A multi-scale/multi-physics software will be developed to predict manufacturing-induced defects due to materials, parts, tools and processes. Potential defects include voids, ply waviness, delaminations, fiber wrinkling, resin starvation/rich areas, and distortion/warpage caused from tool-part interaction. .Analytical tools will be integrated into a commercial available finite element design and analysis suite to allow the evaluation of effect of these defects on the performance of complex geometries in real processing environments. This STTR will demonstrate the approach on autoclave processing and high-performance composites materials for aerospace structures but the methodology can be implemented for a variety of materials and processes.