Composite Aeroshells with Integral Heat Shield Designs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH01-02-C-R025
Agency Tracking Number: A002-1946
Amount: $729,810.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3620 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
DUNS: 131093221
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Foedinger
 Manager, Structures Group
 (610) 270-9700
Business Contact
 Robert Ciccarelli
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (610) 270-9700
Research Institution
"Advanced hypersonic/hypervelocity guided missile systems such as the Army's Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM), for example, will be subjected to severe aerodynamic heating loads requiring improved thermal protection systems. Conventional thermalprotection concepts for such structures typically involve adhesive bonding of a separate external heatshield to the airframe. In addition to the high fabrication costs associated with this approach, potential debonding can occur due to bondlinetemperature rise and/or aerodynamic shear. In order to meet system weight and performance goals while reducing manufacturing costs, integral heatshield/airframe concepts are needed. The Phase II research activity proposed by DE Technologies, Inc. (DET)will develop integral composite heatshield/airframe designs for advanced hypersonic/hypervelocity missile systems and demonstrate an integral braiding and co-curing manufacturing process technology for representative heatshield/airframe andheatshield/motorcase components. The proposed Phase II program consists of three principal elements: (1) prototype design development and analyses, (2) manufacturing process development and prototype fabrication, and (3) experimentation. Three phases ofexperimentation are proposed to support the prototype design development, including: (1) material screening, (2) thermal performance evaluation, and (3) structural evaluation testing."

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