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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-5010
Agency Tracking Number: F051-143-1741
Amount: $724,731.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
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. Intermat has produced nosetip billets with a variety of ‘carbide core’ configurations. A variation of this technology is to insert core regions of solid high temperature metals or carbides to create a center core region that reacts differently from the parent C/C material in a manner that facilitates management of the ablation rate experienced by the nosetip. In placing a core of material into the nosetip that will ablate slower than the C/C under glide reentry conditions, Intermat and its team have demonstrated that a lower than typical ablation rate on the nosetip specimen can be achieved. The Phase 2 program would expand upon the material screening performed under the Phase 1 effort and then permit the evaluation of a second generation of specimens (material configurations) that would apply lessons learned to managing the flight conditions over initial dive, glide and terminal dive with the goal of providing both extended flight capability through lower ablation rates.

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