Future Technology for Aerospace Structures Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-3419
Agency Tracking Number: F031-0735
Amount: $749,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF03-237
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-07-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-07-02
Small Business Information
168 W. Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, 26301
DUNS: 826768871
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Nansen
 (304) 842-1970
Business Contact
 Jerry Fields
Phone: (304) 624-8028
Email: jfields@fmwcomposite.com
Research Institution
The continued development of hypersonic vehicles and high performance space access vehicles has highlighted the importance of light-weight, load-bearing structures capable of prolonged exposure at elevated temperatures. The optimal solution to this problem would be a hot primary structure capable of supporting the required loads at elevated temperature while also providing the necessary thermal protection to the primary vehicle structure. Experimental results from the NASP program indicated that titanium matrix composites (TMCs) possessed the necessary thermomechanical properties for this application. However, the processing methods at that time suffered from both prohibitive costs and reliability problems. During the latter half of the 1990's, FMW developed a low-cost, powder-based processing method for producing high-quality TMC components. During the Phase I SBIR, FMW successfully brazed TMC face sheets to a titanium honeycomb, thereby demonstrating the potential of these materials for use as hot primary structures. In the program described herein, FMW, in conjunction with Boeing, proposes the fabrication and testing of a full-scale control surface selected from the current generation of hypersonic air vehicles.

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