High Temperature, High Stress GPS Antenna Window

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-09-M-0039
Agency Tracking Number: N083-215-0152
Amount: $69,978.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-215
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Fiber Materials, Inc.
5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: 048268890
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Kostar
 Senior Engineer
 (207) 282-5911
Business Contact
 David Audie
Title: Sr. Contracts Administrator
Phone: (207) 282-5911
Email: daudie@fibermaterialsinc.com
Research Institution
The development of guided munitions offers interesting challenges in system, component, and materials design. Indeed, system requirements drive component requirements which, in turn, drive material requirements. A prime example of this linkage may be seen in the component of focus for this proposed effort; a GPS antenna. The primary functionality of these components, EM transparency for tracking and guidance communications, is coupled with severe environmental and thermo-structural loading conditions. As a result, holistic material design is seen as an absolute necessity. In brief, this program proposes to advance antenna window materials technology for applicability to a new class of rapid launch munitions. The Phase I program will investigate the viability of select fibrous ceramic composites in meeting the defined requirements. To mitigate risk, an established antenna window material system is proposed as a baseline. Material property and performance enhancement schemes focus on fiber architecture, matrix composition, and densification approach. The material systems will utilize a tailored three-directional fiber architecture to help meet directional property requirements. The candidate material systems will be manufactured in plate form, with a thickness representative of the antenna window, and test samples extracted. Testing will include mechanical, thermal, and dielectric property evaluation, and inertial load performance.

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