Lightweight Structural Components of a Missile Body

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-18-C-7413
Agency Tracking Number: B17C-004-0026
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA17-T004
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-27
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Robert Brushaber
 (512) 615-4457
Business Contact
 Ms. Brett Morton
Phone: (512) 615-4497
Research Institution
 Southwest Research Institute
 Mr. Chip Beebe
 6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX, 78238
 (210) 522-5982
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has a need for weight-optimized solutions for future platforms of large missile structures.A significant weight reduction on these MDA platforms could increase maneuverability of the payload and allow the missile to launch additional kill vehicles.High temperature composite materials offer the means by which low cost and lighter weight missile structures can be achieved.Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. will prove the feasibility of using a high temperature polysiloxane resin system reinforced with carbon fiber to replace structures with high thermal loads.High temperature structural components on missile bodies are currently fabricated from titanium because of the high heat flux on the missile skin.During flight the fiber reinforced polysiloxane will undergo a thermal conversion process to a fiber reinforced silicon oxycarbide ceramic composite.This resin system offers the uniqueness of low temperature curing that exhibits an extreme resistance to a high temperature environment.High temperature fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) offer key advantages over metals and ceramics, such as low density, thermal insulation capability, and good mechanical strength.New polysiloxane resin systems have shown exceptional char yield, thermal stability, low thermal conductivity, chemical resistance, and low flammability properties at high heat fluxes.Approved for Public Release | 18-MDA-9522 (23 Feb 18)

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