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Future Technology for Aerospace Structures Technology

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62555
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0735
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FMW COMPOSITE SYSTEMS, INC.
1200 W. Benedum Industrial Drive Bridgeport, WV 26330 6330
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Future Technology for Aerospace Structures Technology
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-03-M-3343
Award Amount: $74,998.00
 

Abstract:

The increasing importance of hypersonic systems future USAF requirements is increasing the need for lightweight, load-bearing structural designs. The optimum approach to this need is a hot primary structure that can carry the required loads at hightemperatures, which minimizes the need to heavily insulate the primary load-bearing structure. This desire, combined with the goal of lightweight and a robust maintainable structure, led NASP to select Titanium Matrix Composites (TMC) as one of itsprimary approaches. Under NASP, TMC was proven to be a good solution with capabilities up to 1500¿F, and the ability to use conventional titanium assembly techniques. However, the TMC processing methods in the 1990- 1992 timeframe, i.e., foil/fiber/foiland plasma spray, suffered from very high cost and reliability problems.FMW has transitioned an affordable, reliable TMC into production on the F-16 using a tape casting process. FMW, with Boeing as a subcontractor, proposes to apply the system to the Air Force hot primary structure requirement. The proposed program willdemonstrate that the state-of-the-art TMC material system can duplicate the NASP manufacturing accomplishments and design a full-scale part to be fabricated and tested in Phase II. Demonstration of hot TMC primary structure will have far reaching impact on the military hypersonic vehicle development. Both manned and unmanned systems will be impacted.

Principal Investigator:

William Hanusiak
Director, R&D
3048421970
bhanusiak@fmwcomposite.com

Business Contact:

Jerry Fields
Executive Vice President
3046248028
jfields@fmwcomposite.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

FMW COMPOSITE SYSTEMS, INC.
168 W. Main Street Clarksburg, WV 26301

EIN/Tax ID: 550729330
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No