High-Emissivity Ceramic Matrix Composites for Hypersonic Airframes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7305
Agency Tracking Number: B093-007-0499
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-007
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Applied Thin Films, Inc.
1801 Maple Ave., Suite 5316, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 020126814
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Benjamin Mangrich
 Materials Research Engineer
 (847) 287-6292
 bmangrich@atfinet.com
Business Contact
 Sankar Sambasivan
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (847) 467-5282
Email: sankar@atfinet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
New materials and processes are needed to achieve performance requirements of future ballistic missile defense systems (BMDS). Ever increasing demands on achievable speed and performance require thermally stable, lightweight and mechanically robust thermal protection systems to protect underlying structures from aerothermal heating, radiative heating, as well as impact from rain and other particulate. Oxide ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) based on aluminum phosphate matrix compositions are proposed to enable high thermal benefit and mechanical integrity. Inherent high emissivity of the CMCs will provide added benefit of improved radiative heat rejection. In addition surface coatings proven to seal against moisture ingress and offer protection against hypersonic rain impact will be used to create an engineered surface needed for these conditions. Phase I activities will consist of CMC coupon fabrication and testing, while Phase II will focus on process scale up and prototype fabrication.

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