US-based Teton Composites has been awarded a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for US$224,194 to develop software for structural modeling of chopped-fiber reinforced plastics.

Teton’s software is intended to allow for iterative structural design with minimal effort, and cover problems such as fatigue, crash, and creep behavior of chopped-fiber injection molded parts. The aim is to provide accurate structural solutions for chopped fiber components, producing parts designed for maximum efficiency and achieved at initial fabrication rather than after multiple production iterations. 

Critical foundation

?‘We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology,’ said Barry Johnson, director of the NSF’s division of industrial innovation and partnerships. 

‘NSF’s SBIR program provides a critical foundation for jump-starting technology driven companies that simply could not launch otherwise,’ said Andrew Hansen, principal investigator for the grant.’

?The Science Foundation (NSF) awards nearly US$190 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.?

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