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Bore Insulator Materials for a Naval Electromagnetic Launcher

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
69999
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-045-0783
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Fiber Materials, Inc.
5 Morin Street Biddeford, ME -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Bore Insulator Materials for a Naval Electromagnetic Launcher
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-04-C-3057
Award Amount: $69,981.00
 

Abstract:

Electromagnetic rail launchers are being designed for future long range naval surface fire support. These projectile launchers operate due to the interaction between the magnetic field and current flow between parallel conductive rails. An electric current accelerates a projectile down the barrel at hypersonic velocities. A high strength insulator is required to separate the energized launcher rails and keep them in position while being subjected to the large temperature fluctuations and mechanical forces. Current laboratory EM launcher insulator materials fail due to inadequate toughness, temperature capability, and wear resistance. Not only are materials required that demonstrate the necessary performance in this unique environment, they also must be manufactured in the necessary size for the application. FMI, with support from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control-Dallas, proposes to develop a new material capable of being produced as large composite bore insulators, with properties sufficient to withstand the electrical, thermal, and mechanical load expected during use. The composite material will utilize a silica pierced fabric preform partially densified via impregnation with colloidal silica, SiO2. After multiple impregnations with the silica, a high temperature polymer (Tg >500 C) will complete the densification and close off any remaining open porosity.

Principal Investigator:

Stan Farrell
Engineer
2072825911
fmipmo@fibermaterialsinc.com

Business Contact:

David Audie
Contracts Administrator
2072825911
govt@fibermaterialsinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FIBER MATERIALS, INC.
5 Morin Street Biddeford, ME 04005

EIN/Tax ID: 042448941
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No