Hypersonic Alumina Infrared Domes
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P. O. Box 278, Hopkinton, MA, 01748
AbstractFuture heat seeking missiles require infrared dome shapes that reduce drag and have greater thermal shock resistance. Infrared domes currently have a hemispheric shape because this shape introduces minimal optical distortion and is easier to fabricate. With a more aerodynamic dome, drag is reduced and aerothermal heating is reduced allowing a combination of increased speed, range, and payload. CeraNova will produce a polished, optically figured, ogive-shape, infrared-transmitting dome of polycrystalline alumina for US Naval applications using a combination of proprietary near-net forming, deep concave surface grinding and polishing, and unique metrology technologies.
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