Novel and Cost Effective Rain Erosion Tests at Supersonic Speeds

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F4060002M0001
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0688
Amount: $69,879.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
34 Lexington Avenue, Ewing, NJ, 08618
DUNS: 096857313
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Kaufman
 (609) 538-0444
Business Contact
 Barbara Agans
Title: Administrator
Phone: (609) 538-0444
Research Institution
A novel, cost effective method to subject test materials to rain erosion at supersonic speeds is proposed. The facility supports the BMDO/MDA mission to develop, test and flight qualify launch vehicle components during boost phase through adverseenvironment conditions including rain. The proposed SUpersonic Rain Erosion (SURE) facility is very cost effective because it does not require moving the test material or a wind tunnel to generate the simulated supersonic rain. The facility will controldroplet size and speeds and will be capable of producing monodispersed droplets up to 1-2 millimeters in diameter. The SURE facility is capable of testing large materials for long time periods. The technology is based on work conducted by ContinuumDynamics, Inc. during the development of a wind tunnel based transonic rain ingestion project. Rain erosion testing at supersonic speeds is very costly and either utilizes high speed sleds moving through a simulated rainfield or aircraft flying throughnatural rain. The proposed rig will compliment existing facilities and provide unlimited test durations at nominal costs. Commercial potential includes lowering the cost barrier for the development of new rain erosion resistant materials.

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