"A&P Technology and NASA have a long-standing relationship in composite material technology dating back as far as 2001. Starting with an Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to develop an affordable composite fan containment case with integral toughening elements, this base technology has spun off myriad other product lines. Through a collaboration between NASA Glenn Research Center and A&P, the layered composite fan case debuted on Williams International’s FJ44-4A engine, which is now flying on the Cessna Citation CJ4 aircraft...
The A&P materials and the lay-up approach designed for the NASA fan case work resulted in dramatically reduced production time (from 8 hours to 20 minutes) and benign failure modes for high-pressure tanks. A&P and Profile Composites won a joint JEC Innovation Award in 2009 for their rapid manufacturing approach of high-pressure storage tanks."