Damage-Tolerant Fan Casings for Jet Engines

A&P Technology, Inc., of Cincinnati, a leading manufacturer of braided fabrics for composite reinforcement and advanced technology applications, received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant through Glenn Research Center to develop damage-tolerant fan casings for jet engines. Additional collaborators on this project included the Federal Aviation Administration, Ohio State University, and the University of Akron, Ohio. This group effort enabled the rapid development and fabrication of the prototype composite fan cases for direct comparison to the metal fan cases currently used in aircraft engines.