Innovative Thermal Protection Systems (TPSs) for Trajectory Shaping Vehicles (TSVs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-5028
Agency Tracking Number: F051-143-1741
Amount: $99,954.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-143
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
389 Hill St., Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: 834951147
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard McLaughlin
 Senior Engineer
 (207) 283-1156
Business Contact
 David Loper
Title: President
Phone: (207) 283-1156
Research Institution
Advanced reentry vehicles desire extended time durations in oxidizing environments, at temperatures in the range of 3000°K. State of the art nosetip materials utilize a high density carbon/carbon (C/C) composite that has a carbide center core. This attribute results in maintenance of the aerodynamic shape of the nosetip for the vehicle. Intermat has produced nosetip billets with a variety of `carbide core' configurations. These cores have been made, flush with the surface of a billet, or with the `core' submerged below the surface of the final nose tip. This technology can be applied to placing carbide material within other defined regions of a parent C/C billet such that either internal or external exposure of the carbide loaded region on the final machined nosetip surfaces. This technology could produce a nosetip with a carbide surface barrier over the shoulder and body areas of the nosetip or submerged under a layer of carbon/carbon. A "shielded" nosetip design having the outer surfaces protected by a carbide layer would permit extended flight time at high altitude, preserve shape stability of the nosetip, while providing a C/C nosetip configuration with integrated core for terminal dive.

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