Carbon Foam Lightning and Thermal Protection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-16-C-7753
Agency Tracking Number: B2-2238
Amount: $1,492,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA14-014
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-20
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Gordon
 (304) 547-5800
 blg@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The feasibility of using a low-cost, coal-based carbon foam (CFOAM) for providing lightning and thermal protection for ground-based missile systems was demonstrated during Phase I.Touchstone proposes to build on the Phase I efforts and take the development of this system to the next stage.During Phase I, a concept was developed that will provide sufficient thermal protection to the underlying materials and provide the ability to dissipate the energy from a lightning strike while reducing the weight by 60% compared to the current state-of-the-art.This was done by taking advantage of the higher electrical conductivity of CFOAM compared to the baseline material.This promising concept will be further developed during the Phase II effort by building and testing panels and by feeding the test data back into the models from Phase I in order to find the best combination and arrangement of materials.The Phase II effort will also include a study to determine the best method of configuring the solution in order to minimize the production and installation costs.

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