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MAGNESIUM COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR ADVANCED ROTARY AIRCRAFT

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
573
Program Year/Program:
1983 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
573
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821-3976
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1983
Title: MAGNESIUM COMPOSITE MATERIAL FOR ADVANCED ROTARY AIRCRAFT
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP AN AUTOMATED HOLOGRAPHIC DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUE TO BE USED IN OBTAINING THE BASIC DATA NEEDED TO ASSESS AND VALIDATE NASA'S PREDICTIVE COMPUTER CODES. PHASE I IS TO SHOW THAT AUTOMATEDINTERPRETATION OF HOLOGRAPHIC DOUBLE PULSED RECORDS IS FEASIBLE AND THAT THE RESULTING DATA SUFFICES TO GIVE THE CRITICAL COMBUSTION PARAMETERS NEEDED BY NASA. DURING PHASE II, A DOUBLE-PULSED HOLOGRAPHIC DETECTOR IS ASSEMBLED TESTED AND CALIBRATED USING STANDARD PARTICLE SPRAYS. THE ADVANCED ROTARY ENGINE HAS THE THE POTENTIAL FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY AND DURABILITY DUE TO ITS LOW NUMBER OF MOVABLE PARTS, COMPACTNESS, AND EXTREMELY HIGH HORSEPOWER- TO-WEIGHT RATIO. THIS PROJECT ASSUMES THAT AN AUTOMOTIVE VERSION OF THE ROTARY ENGINE CAN BE MODIFIED AND DEVELOPED FOR USE IN BUSINESS AIRCRAFT APPLICATIONS. THE APPROACH IS TO MODIFY AN ENGINE BY REPLACING ENGINE HOUSING MATERIALSNOW PRODUCED FROM CAST IRON WITH A NEW LIGHTWEIGHT YET STRONG, GRAPHITE-REINFORCED-MAGNESIUM (GR.MG) COMPOSITE MATERIAL. A METHOD TO DIRECTLY CAST GR/MG IN NEAR-NET MAKINGCOMPARABLE COMPOSITE PARTS USING TRADITIONAL METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE FABRICATION PROCESSING METHODS. DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURE OF A GENERIC GR/MG MIDDLE HOUSING SECTION FOR A TWO-ROTOR ENGINE IS INVESTIGATED, AND THIS PART IS DELIVERED TO NASA FOR SUBSEQUENT TESTING IN ITS ROTARY TEST FACILITY.

Principal Investigator:

John h. caulfield
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerodyne Research Inc.
45 Manning Road Billerica, MA 01821

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