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Lightweight Structural Components of a Missile Body

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-18-C-7412
Agency Tracking Number: B17C-004-0084
Amount: $99,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA17-T004
Solicitation Number: 17.C
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-17
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 603371238
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Frank Abdi
 Chief Technical Officer
 (562) 961-7827
Business Contact
Phone: (562) 961-7827
Research Institution
 University of Dayton Research Institute
 Claudette Groeber Claudette Groeber
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
United States

 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit College or University

The Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missile is the weapon component of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that consists of a rocket booster and kinetic kill vehicle. Recently, MDA has sought technologies to improve the performance of the booster vehicle (BV). To date, studies have shown that reductions in weight have a direct impact on overall effectiveness. The current proposal aims to Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) by structural optimization and material selection to reduce the weight of existing components while meeting design specifications. Physical and environmental requirements will be considered in conjunction with manufacturing, storage, and operation expenses. Initially, the team will evaluate candidate parts (nozzles, brackets, y-joints, etc.) and material systems (steel, titanium, inconel, glass composite, etc.) best suited for light-weighting. A single component will be selected for optimization and AM fabrication. Simulation of AM build will assess sensitivity of material and process parameters in order to define an optimized approach to fabrication. The virtual component will be subjected to virtual testing to assess the fidelity of the model and support design optimization. Finally, an optimized AM component will be fabricated and subjected to service loads and compared in terms of weight and performance to a traditional fabricated part. Approved for Public Release | 18-MDA-9522 (23 Feb 18)

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