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Novel Aerogel Enhanced Structures for Future Aerospace Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62557
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1575
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road Building B Northborough, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Novel Aerogel Enhanced Structures for Future Aerospace Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-03-M-3340
Award Amount: $99,985.00
 

Abstract:

Future generation aircraft demand advancements in performance and multifunctionality in the structures. Areas such as weapons bays, landing gear bays, avionics, etc., require active cooling in order to protect the components from overheating duringoperation. Aspen Aerogels proposes to team with Northrop Grumman corporation to develop aerogel insulation solutions for these aircraft structure applications. Aerogels currently are the most effective thermal insulation known, short of hard vacuum.Proposed aerogel blankets or aerogel augmented honeycomb will provide increased thermal insulation for reduced active cooling, weight, and cost in aircraft structure. Additionally, the aerogel material provides IR suppression, blast mitigation, noisesuppression, and fire resistance for further enhanced multifunctionality. The material developed can easily be implemented into the structure of future aircraft such as the Long Range Strike Aircraft or B-2. Aspen's current commercialization of theaerogel blanket insulation will serve as the basis for transition of the proposed technology to the commercial market. The aerogel insulation will provide incredible thermal insulation, as well as IR suppression, blast mitigation, noise suppression, andfire resistance. Incorporating this material directly into the structure (ie, into a honeycomb core) will provide these benefits with little weight gain and within existing space constraints. These material solutions can be applied to future military, aswell as commercial aircraft structures.

Principal Investigator:

Sara E. Rosenberg
Manager, Government Progr
5084815058
srosenberg@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Kang P. Lee
Chairman and CTO
5084815058
contracts@aerogel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
184 CEDAR HILL STREET MARLBOROUGH, MA 01752

EIN/Tax ID: 043559972
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No