Innovative Weight Efficient Combined Structural/Thermal Protection System (TPS) Concepts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,187.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-3432
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2004
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-248-1593
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-248
Small Business Information
FMW COMPOSITE SYSTEMS, INC.
168 W. Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, 26301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
826768871
Principal Investigator
 Vincent Hammond
 Research Scientist
 (304) 842-1864
 vhammond@fmwcomposite.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Fields
Title: Executive Vice President
Phone: (304) 624-8028
Email: jfields@fmwcomposite.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The current approach to providing thermal protection to aero-vehicles is to use a parasitic thermal protection system (TPS) that protects the primary structure while transferring the aerodynamic loads to the same primary structure. This approach increases the complexity of the vehicle system that, in turn, complicates fabrication and inspection of the structure. In addition, this approach also increases production and maintenance costs. Thus, there is a clear need for a low-cost approach to manufacturing thermal protection systems capable of supporting load and are integral to the vehicle structure. This alternate TPS proposed by FMW, with design support from Boeing, would utilize discontinuous reinforcement of titanium (DR-Ti) skins with traditional titanium matrix composites (TMC) support structure. The DR-Ti skins would become an integral part of the vehicle structure and capable of sharing loads while maintain strength at temperature. These combined titanium composite technologies would offer a very robust solution to the TPS problem.

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