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EROSION RESISTANT CERAMIC COMPOSITE CONDUCTIVE RAIL

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
8830
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8830
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: EROSION RESISTANT CERAMIC COMPOSITE CONDUCTIVE RAIL
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

HYPERVELOCITY LAUNCHER SYSTEMS PLACE SEVERE DEMANDS ON BOTH THE INSULATOR AND CONDUCTIVE RAILS. RECENTLY A WHISKER REINFORCED ALUMINA INSULATOR RAIL SHOWED SUPERIOR EROSION PERFORMANCE IN RAIL GUN TEST, HOWEVER, THE CONDUCTIVE COPPER RAILS ERODED SEVERELY AS WELL AS CREATE AN ANTICIPATED EXPANSION PROBLEM IN FULL SCALE SYSTEMS. IT IS ANTICIPATED A CONDUCTIVE CERAMIC, TIB(2), COMPOSITE CAN PERFORM SIMILARLY TO THE INSULATOR RAIL WHICH WOULD RESULT IN A LOW EXPANSION COMPOSITE CONDUCTIVE RAIL WITH NO EROSION. THE TIB(2) COMPOSITE WILL BE OPTIMIZED WITHOUT AND WITH A CONDUCTIVE NIOBIUM METAL LAYER. THE OPTIMIZED COMPOSITES WILL BE FABRICATED INTO CONDUCTIVE RAILS FOR TEST AT EGLIN AFB A15 TEST SITE FOLLOWED BY A POST MORTUM ANALYSIS OF THE COMPOSITE AFTER TESTING. A LOW EXPANSION EROSION RESISTANT CONDUCTIVE AND INSULATOR RAIL WILL RESULT IN A SYSTEM THAT CAN BE MULTIPLE FIRED.

Principal Investigator:

J C Withers
6027469442

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Rs
7960 S Kolb Rd Tucson, AZ 85706

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