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Ceramic-Metal Joining for Hypersonic Vehicle and Missile Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-17-C-7006
Agency Tracking Number: N161-046-0828
Amount: $1,499,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N161-046
Solicitation Number: 16.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-15
Small Business Information
300 E. Swedesford Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
United States
DUNS: 966563884
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Craig Iwano Craig Iwano
 (610) 964-9000
Business Contact
 Gary Tiscia
Phone: (610) 964-9000
Research Institution

Advanced Navy systems such as the Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) and next generation high speed missiles will subject the airframe to severe aerothermal heating loads. Both the HVP fin and missile radome design problems can be solved through the development of ceramic-metal joining technology. The design problem is complex since the hardware is subjected to high inertial loads, severe aerothermal heating, and large aerodynamic pressures. Potential ceramics include Si3N4, SiC, ZrB2, slip cast fused silica, and oxides. Attractive metallic alloys include titanium, Inconel, Hastelloy, and stainless steel. Joining concepts include mechanical fasteners, brazing, diffusion bonding, and combinations of these. The Base program includes: 1) Compilation of Conditions; 2) Conceptual Designs; 3) Material Trades; 4) Thermostructural Analysis; 5) Fabrication of Mechanical Joints, and; 6) Testing of Mechanical Joints. The Option program includes: 7) Fabrication of Brazed/Bonded Joints; 8) Testing of Brazed/Bonded Joints, and; 9) Data Correlation, Design Improvements, and Radome Conceptual Joints. Phase I will be performed by a team of Materials Research & Design (MR&D), Exothermics, and Southern Research Institute (SoRI). MR&D will compile operational conditions, develop conceptual designs, and analyze the concepts. Exothermics will guide material selection and fabricate specimens. SoRI will measure the strengths to assess their capabilities.

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