Innovative Manufacturing Processes - THAAD Midbody & Booster TPS Fabrication

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$747,817.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00178-04-C-3036
Award Id:
53059
Agency Tracking Number:
01-0216
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
048268890
Principal Investigator:
Paul Martin
Manager, Program Mgt. Div
(207) 282-5911
plmartin@fibermaterialsinc.com
Business Contact:
David Audie
Sr. Contracts Administrat
(207) 282-5911
govt@fibermaterialsinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI), in partnership with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC), proposes to develop innovative, reduced weight and cost, thermal protection systems for the THAAD mid-body and booster based on the placed fiber fabrication process. Placed fiber is a manufacturing process in which fiber and resin is sprayed to form a material that can substitute for a prepregged cloth, thereby eliminating the fabrication steps required to weave the cloth and coat the cloth with the prepreg resin. The placed fiber process has been demonstrated to produce carbon phenolic and quartz phenolic tape configurations. Carbon phenolic placed fiber tape materials have been utilized to construct simulated Trident reentry body heat shields that have been arc-jet tested with satisfactory results. In this proposal, FMI recommends further developing the placed fiber process for application to the light weight THAAD silica phenolic mid-body and booster thermal protection system and to investigate the ability of the placed fiber process to incorporate lightning and electromagnetic interference (EMI) protection.

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