Advanced Divert and Attitude Control Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG6003P0272
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1234
Amount: $69,982.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: 048268890
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Keith Meiler
 Principal Investigator
 (207) 282-5911
Business Contact
 David Audie
Title: Senior Contracts Administ
Phone: (207) 282-5911
Research Institution
This program proposes to investigate and demonstrate novel composite material concepts and approaches for advanced solid propellant divert and attitude control (DACS) system components. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) teamed with Aerojet propose to investigatethe feasibility and demonstrate the application of carbon fiber reinforced carbon silicon carbide (C-SiC) composite material technology to an ACS-type thruster body. This innovation will transition current technology from a multi-component mixed metal andceramic construction to a unitary ceramic composite design. This will reduce part count, cost, and supports higher performance advanced design DACS and strategic reentry vehicle post boost control systems (PBCS). The material will be engineered for usewith systems operating in the 3700¿F temperature regime at pressures greater than the current state of the art design. Preliminary conceptual design and thermal/stress assessments will be accomplished in Phase I. The Phase I assessments will be used as abasis for varying carbon fiber perform weave design and/or process parameters as required to meet the operational end use requirements. In Phase II, final design analysis activities will support a thruster body both for characterization and hot gasdemonstration. During Phase II, joining, attachment and insulation methods defined during Phase I will also be demonstrated. The direct benefit will be the development of durable, high performance, lower cost, lighter weight composites for utilizationwith advanced divert and attitude control systems and strategic reentry vehicle post boost control systems (PBCS). These materials will be directly transferable for use as hot gas thrusters in solid strategic missiles as well as other components forcommercial and NASA launch vehicles. Additional commercial applicability includes use with solid-propellant gas generators for automotive air bags.

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