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Thermally Insulated Flexible Composite Cores for Aerospace Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35886
Amount: $60,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4835 N. Valley Park
Tucson, AZ 85705
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William L. Johnson
 (520) 903-9053
Business Contact
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Research Institution

Aerospace composite panels containing a core structure usually use an expanded honeycomb of either aluminum, NOMEX, or carbon fiber. These types of composite panels are often used as structure since the honey-comb core provides stiffness in the "Z" direction. However, they provide no thermal insulation value. Aerospace craft operating both inside and outside the earth's atmosphere experience environmental extremes which greatly tax the designer 's ability to achieve a balanced thermodynamic vehicle design. The contractor proposes a different concept for internal core design which adds tailored thermo-insulation capability coupled to an extremely effective vapor barrier. The R&D will validate the contractor's concepts concerning the causes and cures for moisture absorption in materials. The insulated and vapor/moisture proof coredesign for CFRP composites for aerospace vehicles and space structures will provide cost and weight savings over exaisting design. The commercial market will gain a new material for environmental control insulation.

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