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Company Information:

Name: Materials Research & Design
Address: 300 E. Swedesford Rd
Wayne, PA 19087-1858
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (610) 964-6131

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,024,831.00 35
SBIR Phase II $11,307,087.00 15
STTR Phase I $279,896.00 3
STTR Phase II $499,899.00 1

Award List:

REPAIR OF CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES FOR EXHAUST WASHED AIRFRAME STRUCTURES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent W. Buesking
Award Amount: $69,032.00
Abstract:
Nicalon/Blackglas CMC blastshields have been designed, fabricated, and tested for the AV-8B Harrier. They replace existing stainless steel blastshields that must be constantly repaired due to high thermal stresses and severe thermal acoustic loads. The improved CMC blastshields, however, cannot be… More

Enabling Criteria Development for Unitized Composite Structure Joints Containing Textile Reinfored Inserts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian J. Sullivan
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase I effort is aimed at the development of damage tolerant design and failure criteria for joints containing 3-D weave reinforced inserts in composite structures. Recent work involving the use of textile reinforced inserts in the contraction of typical airframe joints well beyond… More

Ceramic Matrix Composites for Spacecraft Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,993.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Brian J Sullivan
Award Amount: $739,602.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent W. Buesking
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent W. Buesking
Award Amount: $596,892.00

High Performance, Air-Cooled, Carbon Fiber Heat Exchanger For Heat Transfer In High Power Density Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gerard Jones, Sr. Research Scientist
Award Amount: $64,987.00
Abstract:
Miniaturization, and the continued improvements in the speed and performance of electronics and other heat-dissipating systems, places an increasing demand on thermal management systems through the increase in power densities. There is a challenge toprovide new thermal management technologies and… More

Advanced Nozzle Materials and Concepts for High Mass Flux Boost Motors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $68,867.00
Abstract:
Aluminized rocket motors impose a severe environment on nozzle materials, with pressures of 3000 psi and temperatures of 6300¿F. Thermodynamic calculations, supported by experimental data, indicate that only tungsten (W) and tantalum carbide (TaC) canprovide a non-eroding surface. Recent motor… More

Optimized Hybrid Leading Edge for Reusable Launch Vehicles to Maximize Lift, Cross Range and Durability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Guido Teti, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
This effort explores using innovative hybrid reinforced carbon-carbon, refractory ceramics, super alloys and composite materials as thermal protection system (TPS) in Hybrid composite leading edges for reusable launch vehicles (RLV). The RLV leading edge is the primary TPS that space vehicles use… More

INVESTIGATION OF NON ERODING NOZZLE MATERIALS FOR OPTIMIZED COATED HYBRID LEADING EDGE DESIGNS FOR REUSABLE LAUNCH VEHICALS WITH LEADING EDGE RADII OF 0.03? TO 1? AND TEMPERATURES NEAR 4000?F

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Guido Teti, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,658.00
Abstract:
Effort explores using innovative hybrid reinforced carbon-carbon, refractory ceramics, super alloys and composite materials as thermal protection system specifically in the 4000?F range with leading edge radii of between 0.03? and 1.0?. The RLV leading edge is the primary TPS that space vehicles use… More

Design and Life Prediction Methodologies for Weight Efficient Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent BUesking, Director
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are being developed for the exhaust nozzle of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) because they offer significant weight reduction and high temperature capability. The use of CMCs in JSF components, however, is hampered by the relative immaturity and unproven nature of… More

Design and Life Prediction Methodologies for Weight Efficient Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guido Teti, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $1,020,915.00
Abstract:
The performance of the JSF can be improved by reducing the weight of the propulsion system. The JSF is powered by either Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) F135 engine or General Electric's F136 engine. Both engines use a common exhaust system produced by P&W. One attractive approach to reducing the weight… More

Innovative 2D Ceramic Matrix Composites for Improved Interlaminar Strengths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $79,664.00
Abstract:
The performance of the JSF can be improved through the use of CMCs because they offer lower weight, improved high temperature strengths, and better performance than existing metal components. Recent tests of CMC components have identified COI's S200 CMC as an attractive material for gas turbine… More

Innovative Manufacturing Process Improvements: HIP Process Model

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and other components of the Department of Defense (DOD) are cur-rently developing advanced materials for propulsion hardware, weapons systems, thermal management applications, and divert and altitude control systems (DACS). The materials include high temperature… More

PROPULSION MATERIALS MODELING TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE COST

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: SOUTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $99,939.00
RI Contact: Jack Spain
Abstract:
MDA is developing materials for several applications including hypersonic missiles, ma-neuvering reentry vehicles, advanced solid rocket motors, and divert and attitude control sys-tems. All of these applications employ components that must operate at temperatures above 3000¿F. Viable structural… More

Design Concepts for CMC Leading Edges with Embedded Metallic Heat Pipes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John Podhiny, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
This effort explores and assesses the options available for refractory composite leading edges cooled by embedded metallic heat pipes. Currently, the heat pipe cooled leading edges (HPCLE's) being investigated are fabricated primarily from refractory superalloys. However, even the best superalloys… More

Effects of Defects in Ceramic Composites (CMCs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guido Teti, Program Manager
Award Amount: $147,170.00
Abstract:
N06-030 Effect in Defects in Ceramic Composites. The performance of the Joint Strike Fighter can be improved by reducing the weight of the propulsion system. The JSF is powered by either Pratt & Whitney"s F135 engine or General Elec-tric"s F136 engine. Both engines use a common exhaust system… More

Development of Non-Parasitic Integrated Acreage TPS/Airframe Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kerry Dunfey, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,915.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Air Force is contemplating a long term investment in advanced thermal protection systems (TPS). The goal of this effort is to provide materials and processing solutions for TPS that can be employed in advanced space access vehicles. The goal of the proposed effort is to design acreage TPS… More

Development of Low Cost Needled C/SiC for TDACS Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $99,862.00
Abstract:
This proposal is submitted under topic MD05-066 and addresses the development of low cost, needled C/SiC for throttleable divert and altitude control systems (TDACS). The TDACS is being developed to guide the kinetic weapon of the Navy's Standard Missile-3 to the target. The throttleable solid… More

Evaluation of Design Concepts and Integrated Materials for Efficient Airframe Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $99,963.00
Abstract:
Present space vehicles such as NASA's space shuttle and reentry bodies are designed with a cool internal structure, typically aluminum, surrounded by a parasitic thermal protection system (TPS). The space shuttle TPS uses coated carbon-carbon silica tiles and aluminum blan-kets, while reentry… More

Innovative Reduced Mass TPS Designs for Human-Rated Aeroassit Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Hans Jensen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,837.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses Item #2 of Topic X7.04 Aeroassist Systems and proposes innovative heat shield thermal protection systems (TPS) designs for human-rated aeroassist vehicles returning to Earth from the Moon and Mars. The proposed designs 1) utilize concepts with and without outer ablator… More

Effects of IR Thermography-Detected Defects on Performance of SiC/SiC Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Marcus Ottaviano, Lead Research Engineer
Award Amount: $78,491.00
Abstract:
In order to utilize the promising high temperature characteristics of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in applications such as Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine components, the effects of potential defects must be sufficiently understood and characterized. The use of CMCs in engines provides… More

Novel High Strength C-C Nozzle Material for Advanced Rocket Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Boarts, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
MR&D proposes to develop and demonstrate lower cost versions of high temperature composites with suitable temperature ranges, which are capable of surviving the high temperature exposures of hypersonic flight while retaining sufficient strength for their specific applications. Low cost materials… More

Thermostructural Behavior of Polymer and Ceramic Matrix Composites Under Extreme Short Term Thermal Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $69,923.00
Abstract:
Future supersonic missiles can be improved through the use of PMCs and CMCs for structural airframes. However the severe aerodynamic heating conditions that the missiles undergo will expose the structure to short term temperatures and stresses that are beyond those typically seen by these… More

Development of Lower Cost High Temperature Composites for Hypersonic Tactical Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kerry Dunfey, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
MR&D proposes to develop and demonstrate lower cost versions of high temperature composites with suitable temperature ranges, which are capable of surviving the high temperature exposures of hypersonic flight while retaining sufficient strength for their specific applications. Low cost materials… More

Effects of Defects in Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Guido Teti, Program Manager
Award Amount: $713,300.00
Abstract:
N06-030 Effect in Defects in Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) The performance of the advanced strike fighters can be im-proved by reducing the weight of the propulsion system. The jet engines of interest are Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine or General Electric's F136 engine. Both engines use a… More

Micromechanical Assessment of Thermochemically Induced NDE Changes in Advanced Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $78,542.00
Abstract:
The Joint Strike Fighter is considering the use of organic and ceramic matrix composites for high temperature engine components. Material coupons and flight tests have shown that when these materials are exposed to high temperatures in the presence of air, salt fog, and humidity they can react… More

Low Cost Fabrication of Carbon-Carbon (C-C) Aeroshells for Hypersonic Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kent W. Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $99,941.00
Abstract:
Future Air Force hypersonic vehicles will employ complex shapes and fly extended maneuvering trajectories. Since the flight times may increase by an order of magnitude or more, existing ablative thermal protection systems will not be practical due to their excessive surface recession and high… More

Development of Non-Parasitic Integrated Acreage TPS/Airframe Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kerry Dunfey, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,498.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II effort involves 1) continued material development of lower cost high temperature composites (PIP C/SiC) begun in Phase I, 2) modifications to the hybrid truss core integrated TPS design concept in order to tailor the final design to specific re-entry and hypersonic cruise… More

Development of Lower Cost High Temperature Composites for Hypersonic Tactical Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Kerry Dunfey, Senior Research Engineer
Award Amount: $745,221.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II effort involves 1) continued material development of low cost, high temperature composites for strategic missile components begun in Phase I, 2) the generation of an enhanced materials property database from measurements performed on these composites in Phases I and II, and 3)… More

Development of Novel High Interlaminar Strength Carbon-Carbon Composites for Advanced Rocket Propulsion Components: Nozzle Materials and Exit Cones

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brian Sullivan, Director
Award Amount: $749,994.00
Abstract:
A program involving analysis and design, reinforcement materials research and development, composite fabrication, and composite property testing is proposed here to develop improved interlaminar properties of carbon-carbon composites used as the substrates for rocket propulsion components, such as… More

Development of Low Cost Needled C/SiC for TDACS Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $991,165.00
Abstract:
This Phase II proposal is submitted under topic MD05-066 and continues the develop-ment of low cost, needled C/SiC for throttleable divert and altitude control systems (TDACS). The TDACS is being developed to guide the kinetic weapon of the Navy's Standard Missile-3 to the target. The throttleable… More

Lightweight High Temperature Non-Eroding Throat Materials for Propulsion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph H. Pluscauskis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,795.00
Abstract:
The innovation in this proposed effort is the development of lightweight, non-eroding nozzle materials for use in propulsion systems. Lightweight structures are desirable for space transportation vehicle systems in order to reduce launch costs, increase mission flexibility/efficiency, and add… More

Multi-Axial Damage Index and Accumulation Model for Predicting Fatigue Life of CMC Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian Sullivan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
The fatigue life of CMCs must be well characterized for the safe and reliable use of these materials as integrated TPS components. Existing fatigue life prediction models for composite materials may be classified into three different categories: a) fatigue life model (SýýN curves), b) residual… More

Thermostructural Behavior of Polymer and Ceramic Matrix Composites Under Extreme Short Term Thermal Loads

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $299,725.00
Abstract:
Future supersonic missiles can be improved through the use of polymer matrix composites (PMCs) for structural airframes. However the severe aerodynamic heating conditions will expose the structure to short term temperatures and stresses that are beyond those typically seen by these materials. … More

Lightweight High Temperature Non-Eroding Throat Materials for Propulsion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Pluscauskis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,993.00
Abstract:
Radiation or passively cooled thrust chambers are used for a variety of chemical propulsion functions including apogee insertion, reaction control for launch vehicles, and primary propulsion for planetary spacecraft. The performance of these thrust chambers is limited by the operating temperature… More

Low Cost Fabrication of Carbon-Carbon (C-C) Aeroshells for Hypersonic Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Boarts, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,869.00
Abstract:
Future Air Force hypersonic vehicles will employ complex shapes and fly extended maneuvering trajectories. Since the flight times may increase by an order of magnitude or more, existing ablative thermal protection systems will not be practical due to their excessive surface recession and high… More

Calibration of 3D Woven Preform Design Code for CMC Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian J. Sullivan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
Future hypersonic vehicles will utilize thermal protection system (TPS) designs and propulsion system components that are capable of experiencing high temperatures within oxidative environments during their operation. These TPS and propulsion system components will include high temperature ceramic… More

Development, Analysis and Testing of Concepts for Improved FOD Impact Resistance of Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian Sullivan, Director
Award Amount: $79,941.00
Abstract:
MR&D is proposing to perform a combined analytical, fabrication, and experimental program to achieve the program objectives of developing innovative approaches to improving FOD resistance of CMC materials, specifically GE's HyPerCompTM SiC/SiC CMC material. MR&D will develop finite element math… More

Manufacturing Process Maturation for Propulsion Technology: Structural Insulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $99,853.00
Abstract:
MDA missile systems employ solid rocket motors and divert and attitude control systems (DACS) to propel and guide kinetic energy weapons. These systems create hot, high pressure gases that impose high heat loads on surrounding metal structures and electronic controls. Exist-ing designs use… More

Micromechanical Assessment of Thermochemically Induced NDE Changes in Advanced Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director – (610) 964-6130
Award Amount: $360,989.00
Abstract:
The Joint Strike Fighter is considering the use of organic and ceramic matrix composites for high temperature engine components. Material coupons and flight tests have shown that when these materials are exposed to high temperatures in the presence of air, salt fog, and humidity they can react… More

Extreme Environment Damage Index and Accumulation Model for CMC Laminate Fatigue Life Prediction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian Sullivan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,962.00
Abstract:
Materials Research & Design (MR&D) is proposing in the SBIR Phase II an effort to develop a tool for predicting the fatigue life of C/SiC composite laminates, which incorporates mechanical loading at any minimum stress to maximum stress ratio (i.e., R value), at room and elevated temperatures, in… More

Refractory Coated/Lined Low Density Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Pluscauskis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,802.00
Abstract:
The innovation in this proposed effort is the development of refractory coated or lined low density structures. Lightweight structures are desirable for space transportation vehicle systems in order to reduce launch costs, increase mission flexibility/efficiency, and add robustness with respect to… More

Calibration of 3D Woven Preform Design Code for CMC Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian J. Sullivan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,986.00
Abstract:
Mechanical and thermal performance of CMC components benefit from low part count, integrally fabricated designs of 3D woven reinforcement. The advantages of these designs include the elimination for the need for post-fabrication mechanical attachment and the higher interlaminar properties offered… More

Multi-Directional Composite Cylinders Assemblage Module for Physics-Based CMC Durability Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Brian Sullivan, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,969.00
Abstract:
Compared to superalloys, ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) offer reduced weight and superior specific properties at elevated temperatures. However, CMCs are prone to oxidation degradation when exposed to oxygen at high temperatures, which is the primary driver for useful life of the component. … More

Life Prediction Model Incorporating Environmental Effects for S300 Sylramic-iBN/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Guido Teti, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
MR&D's objective in the proposed research will be to execute a Technical effort to study existing data and to develop the appropriate representative S300 CMC material samples, test samples and test types, and to do the appropriated oxidation and mechanical test studies. Establish oxidation rates as… More

Manufacturing Process Maturation for Propulsion Technology: Structural Insulators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $1,789,976.00
Abstract:
MDA missile systems employ solid rocket motors and divert and attitude control systems (DACS) to propel and guide kinetic energy weapons. These systems create hot, high pressure gases that impose high heat loads on surrounding metal structures and electronic controls. Exist-ing designs use… More

Design and Fabrication of High Strength Composites for Projectile Aft Skirts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director
Award Amount: $69,926.00
Abstract:
The US Navy is developing an electromagnetic rail gun (EMRG) that can fire inert projectiles with a mass of 15 kg to a range of 200 nautical miles. The lethality of the weapon is based upon the kinetic energy of the projectile, which will strike the target at a velocity of 1.5 km/sec. The small… More

Lightweight Composite/Hybrid Structures with Enhanced Properties

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Missouri University of Science and
Principal Investigator: Craig Iwano, Research Engineer – (610) 964-9000
Award Amount: $99,972.00
RI Contact: Nicholas L. Ph.D.
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Future hypersonic vehicles, like X-43 and X-51 derivatives and Falcon HTV-3, will require advanced strategies for thermal protection systems (TPS) and methods of structural integration. The goal in designing TPS for these types of high performance applications is to establish… More

VALIDATED DESIGN MODEL OF LIGHTWEIGHT CONTOURED SANDWICH STRUCTURE FOR AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Derek Caputo, Research Engineer – (610) 964-9000
Award Amount: $499,899.00
RI Contact: Hugh Bruck
Abstract:
Navy aircraft employ components that are contoured for aerodynamic performance and made of composite sandwich structures for high strength-to-weight ratio. Many of these components presently use honeycomb cores surrounded by thin high strength face sheets. While honeycomb is used extensively, it can… More

Low-Erosion and Affordable Nozzles for Advanced Air-to-Air Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Craig Iwano, Senior Research Engineer – (610) 964-9000
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
One of the main drivers in the design of nozzles for advanced air-to-air missiles deals with erosion caused by combustion gases. Erosion can happen by melting/sublimation, oxidation and mechanical abrasion depending on the nature of the propellant. Current de Laval nozzles for air-to-air missile… More

Innovative Nosetip Materials and Designs for Hypervelocity Projectiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director – (610) 964-6130
Award Amount: $79,913.00
Abstract:
The Navy is developing high speed projectiles for a variety of missions including ship defense, surface fire support, and prompt global strike. Inertial loads and high muzzle velocities impose severe operational conditions on the nosetips and suggest they should be made from refractory metals. While… More

Innovative Interlaminar Mode I and Mode II Fracture Toughness Test Methods for Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Southern Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Craig Iwano, Senior Research Engineer – (610) 964-9000
Award Amount: $79,985.00
RI Contact: Jacques Cuneo
Abstract:
It is critical to the safe use of ceramic matrix composite components that information on the fracture toughness of these materials be available, in order to allow an assessment of the likelihood for crack growth. Although Military Standards and American Society for Testing and Materials both serve… More

Nonlinear Material Models for Design of Carbon-Carbon Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kent Buesking, Director – (610) 964-6130
Award Amount: $79,990.00
Abstract:
Advanced Navy reentry vehicles will use 2D and 3D carbon-carbon (CC) thermal protection system (TPS) components in order to survive conditions imposed by high speed flight. The TPS structures are exposed to severe temperatures, pressures and thermal gradients that the designer must address to… More