SDC Develops Production-Ready Filament Wound Nosecone
San Diego, CA, April 29, 2015 – San Diego Composites, Inc. (SDC) and DRS - Training and Control Systems have co-developed a filament wound nosecone structure. This structure is part of an air combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI) pod, a system that records an aerial vehicle’s in-flight data. The effort focused on development of a composite substitute for the previously aluminum ACMI pod nosecone and aimed to minimize part production costs. The nosecone allows installation of GPS antennas inside the nosecone for enhanced environmental protection without sacrificing RF performance in the rigorous fighter aircraft environment. SDC designed and fabricated the winding and machining tooling, established stable wind paths for the compound curvature of the nosecone, assisted with material selection and definition of the laminate architecture, machined all features of the nosecones, applied the final coatings, and performed materials characterization testing. SDC’s filament winding process produced a composite part that met requirements critical to performance and is readily scalable to production-level quantities and rates.
More information about SDC’s filament winding and composite machining capabilities can be found by contacting Quinn McAllister or Ken Mercer at (858) 751-0450 or on our website.
Completed Filament Wound Nosecone Units
Fabricated by SDC
Filament Winding of the Composite Nosecones at SDC Facilities
Filament Wound Nosecone Integrated into DRS ACMI Pod Structure