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High Strength Nanomaterials Fiber for Lightweight Composite Missile Cases (MSC…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73687
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-171-2288
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Materials Sciences Corporation
135 Rock Road Horsham, PA 19044-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: High Strength Nanomaterials Fiber for Lightweight Composite Missile Cases (MSC P1T39-432)
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R091
Award Amount: $119,945.00
 

Abstract:

Solid rocket motor cases for advanced tactical missile systems use lightweight, high strength composite materials to achieve high propellant mass fractions and increase overall propulsion system efficiency. Meeting the increasingly more demanding missile and propulsion system performance goals for next-generation missile systems will require leap-ahead improvements in composite motor case material technology. Recent advances in the field of nanocomposites provides an important opportunity for achieving improved composite strength and multifunctional performance capability for advanced lightweight composite motor cases. Carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced fibers have been developed and demonstrated on a laboratory scale and have shown promise for increasing the strength, stiffness, conductivity and toughness of composite structures. The proposed research offers an integrated analytical/manufacturing/ experimentation approach for development of a robust, scaleable process for producing CNT nanofibers in continuous lengths suitable for use in high performance filament wound composite rocket motor cases. The proposed Phase I program involves: (1) CNT nanofiber process development and scale-up, (2) thorough evaluation of the influence of different nanomaterial reinforcement types, concentrations and process conditions on the delivered properties of the nanocomposite fiber, and (3) transition of the process and nanofiber material technology to a commercial fiber manufacturer and composite rocket motor case production company.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Foedinger
Projects Manager
2155428400
foedinger@materials-sciences.com

Business Contact:

Judith E. Sandlin
Controller
2155428400
sandlin@materials-sciences.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MATERIALS SCIENCES CORP.
181 Gibraltar Road Horsham, PA 19044

EIN/Tax ID: 232462974
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No