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Novel and Cost Effective Rain Erosion Tests at Supersonic Speeds

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
63963
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0688
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Novel and Cost Effective Rain Erosion Tests at Supersonic Speeds
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F4060002M0001
Award Amount: $69,879.00
 

Abstract:

A novel, cost effective method to subject test materials to rain erosion at supersonic speeds is proposed. The facility supports the BMDO/MDA mission to develop, test and flight qualify launch vehicle components during boost phase through adverseenvironment conditions including rain. The proposed SUpersonic Rain Erosion (SURE) facility is very cost effective because it does not require moving the test material or a wind tunnel to generate the simulated supersonic rain. The facility will controldroplet size and speeds and will be capable of producing monodispersed droplets up to 1-2 millimeters in diameter. The SURE facility is capable of testing large materials for long time periods. The technology is based on work conducted by ContinuumDynamics, Inc. during the development of a wind tunnel based transonic rain ingestion project. Rain erosion testing at supersonic speeds is very costly and either utilizes high speed sleds moving through a simulated rainfield or aircraft flying throughnatural rain. The proposed rig will compliment existing facilities and provide unlimited test durations at nominal costs. Commercial potential includes lowering the cost barrier for the development of new rain erosion resistant materials.

Principal Investigator:

Andrew E. Kaufman
Associate
6095380444
andy@continuum-dynamics.com

Business Contact:

Barbara A. Agans
Administrator
6095380444
barbara@continuum-dynamics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CONTINUUM DYNAMICS, INC.
34 Lexington Avenue Ewing, NJ 08618

EIN/Tax ID: 222248930
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No