Breatheable Ablator Concept for Extended Flight/Maneuvering Navy Strategic Reentry Bodies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,956.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00178-04-C-1039
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-151-0016
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INTERMAT
389 Hill St., Biddeford, ME, 04005
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
834951147
Principal Investigator:
Timothy Dominick
Engineer
(207) 283-1156
dominick@gwi.net
Business Contact:
David Loper
President
(207) 283-1156
intermat@gwi.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed program will develop a breathable ablator concept for application to Navy extended flight or maneuverable reentry vehicles. The breathable ablator concept will consist of a high-density, carbon-carbon outer shell over a charring ablator. This material configuration provides a greater resistance to ablation over longer flight times, where conventional materials would typically burn through, while utilizing the known insulative performance of charring ablators. A stack-up configuration of these materials will be developed in this program to allow the charring ablator to breathe during reentry through the carbon-carbon shell. A Test specimen configuration will be designed to integrate with the current Navy arc testing program, as well as a series of test conditions to evaluate these extended flight scenarios. Finally, Phase I will produce a plan for Phase II that will evaluate the thermomechanical properties of these breathable ablator materials and develop additional concepts to verify performance levels.

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