IMPROVED STRENGTH CARBON-CARBON FACEPLATE HEATSHIELD FOR PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA WINDOWS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9487
Amount: $49,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Atss Inc
606 E Mill St - Ste 2044, San Bernardino, CA, 92408
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Liam S Groener
 (714) 472-1231
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SENSOR SYSTEMS FOR HYPERSONIC REENTRY SYSTEMS CAN REQUIRE LARGE ARRAYS WHICH MUST OPERATE IN SEVERE HEATING ENVIRONMENTS FOR LONG DURATIONS. IN SOME DESIGNS, THESE ARRAYS ARE PROTECTED FROM THE ENVIRONMENT BY INDIVIDUAL DIELECTRIC WINDOWS OVER EACH ARRAY ELEMENT, WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE STRUCTURAL MATERIAL (FACEPLATE) SEPARATING THE WINDOWS. NORMALLY THE STRUCTURAL MATERIAL IS SOME FORM OF CARBON COMPOSITE, BUT IN CONVENTIONAL WEAVES, THE CARBON FIBER CONTINUITY IS DISTURBED BY HOLES DRILLED FOR THE WINDOWS. THIS DRASTICALLY REDUCES THE STRENGTH OF THE FACEPLATE. AN INVESTIGATION OF ALTERNATE WEAVING AND PROCESSING APPROACHES TO IMPROVE THE STRENGTH OF COMPOSITE FACEPLATES IS PROPOSED.

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