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Lightweight, Low-cost Insulation Materials for Hypersonic Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82055
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-128-1238
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave. PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Lightweight, Low-cost Insulation Materials for Hypersonic Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5050
Award Amount: $99,970.00
 

Abstract:

Future hypersonic vehicles are being designed to travel at speeds approaching Mach 25. At these speeds, the temperature at the exterior surface is expected to exceed 3000 degrees F. Advanced materials are needed to thermally protect the munitions in the interior of the vehicle as current materials are too dense, difficult to join, too conductive, non-structural, too expensive, or not rated for these temperatures. New insulating materials that build upon current efforts at GrafTech International, LLC to develop graphite foams and work at NASA Glenn Research Center to develop aerogels are proposed, in conjunction with nanomaterials from Applied Sciences, to meet the Air Force targets for density, service temperature, mechanical properties, thermal properties, and cost. The new insulating material will be designed to provide structural support to the aeroshell. Also proposed is an innovative joining technology based on in situ polymerization of wetting monomers, a recently developed low-cost process capable joining carbon based materials, to address thermal and structural issues at the insulation / aeroshell interface.

Principal Investigator:

David J. Burton
Principal Investigator
9377662020
dburton@apsci.com

Business Contact:

Max L. Lake
President
9377662020
mllake@apsci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

APPLIED SCIENCES, INC.
141 W. Xenia Ave., PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH 45314

EIN/Tax ID: 311089703
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No