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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-5040
Agency Tracking Number: F051-137-0227
Amount: $99,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-137
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: 048268890
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Thomas
 Applications Development Manager
 (207) 282-5911
 athomas@fibermaterialsinc.com
Business Contact
 David Audie
Title: Senior Contracts Administrator
Phone: (207) 282-5911
Email: 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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