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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,187.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-04-M-3432
Award Id:
67815
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-248-1593
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
168 W. Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, 26301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
826768871
Principal Investigator:
Vincent Hammond
Research Scientist
(304) 842-1864
vhammond@fmwcomposite.com
Business Contact:
Jerry Fields
Executive Vice President
(304) 624-8028
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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