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

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N121-014-0587
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N121-014
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Materials Research & Design
300 E. Swedesford Rd Wayne, PA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Low-Erosion and Affordable Nozzles for Advanced Air-to-Air Missiles
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68936-12-C-0168
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 applications consist primarily of structural, thermally insulating and erosion resistant materials in order to handle the various thermal and chemical environments present in the system. Within the proposed Phase I effort, Materials Research & Design (MR & D) will investigate innovative methods for improving the erosion resistance of carbon-carbon (C-C) composites through a design and analysis trade study coupled with small-scale motor testing to validate the erosion resistance of the proposed concept. The successful completion of the proposed program will result in the development of a single material nozzle design. Aside from the costs associated with the bulk materials, the development of a single material design will lead to further cost savings associated with machining, fabrication, assembly and inspection tasks which will be required for more complex designs.

Principal Investigator:

Craig Iwano
Senior Research Engineer
(610) 964-9000
craig.iwano@m-r-d.com

Business Contact:

Brian Sullivan
Director
(610) 964-6131
brian.sullivan@m-r-d.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials Research & Design
300 E. Swedesford Rd Wayne, PA -

EIN/Tax ID: 232839876
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No