Development of Durable, Fiber-Reinforced Refractory Composites for Thermal Protection Systems (TPSs)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,973.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-05-M-5040
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-137-0227
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-137
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
FIBER MATERIALS, INC.
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
048268890
Principal Investigator:
Alan Thomas
Applications Development Manager
(207) 282-5911
athomas@fibermaterialsinc.com
Business Contact:
David Audie
Senior Contracts Administrator
(207) 282-5911
govt@fibermaterialsinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Next-generation endo/exoatmospheric hypersonic vehicles require durable thermal protection systems (TPSs) for leading edges, control surfaces and skin acreage that are resistant to impact damage. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) proposes a multidirectional fiber reinforced C/C-SiC TPS that demonstrates high impact durability for both low and high velocity debris. FMI's multidirectional C/C-SiC outer skin will be bonded to multiple layers of varying density foam filled with phase change material for thermal management. The developed TPS will be suitable for application in a variety of hypersonic space vehicles. A multi-phase program will be employed for development and analysis of an impact resistant TPS; results will be confirmed by testing under representative conditions. TPS prototype architectures will be fabricated; mechanical, thermal, and low- and high-velocity impact properties will be tested and analyzed.

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