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A Hypersonic Environmental Testbed for Affordable and Standardized Materials Strength Testing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0683
Agency Tracking Number: N193-144-0310
Amount: $799,996.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N193-144
Solicitation Number: 19.3
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-21
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Oakes
 (978) 738-8230
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) proposes to refine and then implement the design of a compact, low cost hypersonic materials mechanical strength (HMMS) testbed capable of in-situ tensile strength measurements of materials exposed to a simulated hypersonic environment.  The testbed design combines PSI’s hypersonic materials testbed technology and associated diagnostics with a universal vacuum interface compatible with any universal testing machine UTM with a minimum horizontal frame span greater than 16-in.  After constructing and completing initial functionality tests, the testbed capability will be demonstrated with carbon-carbon, ceramic matrix composite and other material test articles of interest to the Navy.  The goal of the material testing will be to demonstrate performance meeting or exceeding Threshold key performance parameters (KPPs) defined with input from Navy personnel.  During a proposed Phase II Option program, PSI will upgrade the semi-automated control software developed for the testbed in the base program to enable time varying control of process parameters.  The testbed will be delivered to the Navy during the Option program.

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