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Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Rocket Motor Case

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62479
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0510
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Rocket Motor Case
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F04611-03-M-3102
Award Amount: $99,990.00
 

Abstract:

Innovative rocket motor case materials and manufacturing processes are required to drive improvements in performance and price of today's rocket motors. Currently evolving missile designs, for example the Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile(AMRAAM), are moving towards higher pressures, higher and longer duration aeroheat temperatures, increased maneuverability, and have additional emphasis placed on meeting Insensitive Munitions (IM) standards. Higher motor operating pressures and increasedmissile stiffness will require materials and manufacturing processes exhibiting higher specific strength and stiffness than steels can provide on an efficient specific stiffness and specific strength basis. Materials will be required to have accuratepredictive failure modes that are tailored to specific IM stimuli, such as designing a case where its ability to hold pressure degrades faster than Fast Cook Off (FCO) thermal temperatures can reach and potentially detonate/deflagrate motor propellant.Touchstone Research Laboratory proposes to determine the feasibility of producing rocket motor cases out of a unique Fiber Reinforced Aluminum (FRA) material, a true Metal Matrix Composite (MMC). Touchstone's material system consists of a

Principal Investigator:

Brian L. Gordon
Program Manager
3045475800
blg@trl.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Joseph
President
3045475800
bej@trl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B Triadelphia, WV 26059

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No