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Flexible TPS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0860-22-C-7121
Agency Tracking Number: B2-3104
Amount: $1,480,451.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA20-007
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-02-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-22
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
 John Steinbeck
 (978) 738-8148
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Research Institution

The Team of Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), the University of Colorado and Teledyne Scientific will design, build and test a prototype flap for flight control of a hypersonic vehicle using PSI’s flexible ceramic composite technology developed during the Phase I program. During Phase I the Team demonstrated that PSI’s flexible carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) was resistant to bend fatigue at radii as small as 3” for thousands of cycles. The Team also used laser heating to demonstrate that flexible C/SiC has thermal resistance comparable to conventional C/SiC laminates. During the Phase II program the Team will demonstrate that PSI’s ultrahigh temperature C/SiC can be fabricated in flexible form and has similar bend fatigue durability as the baseline flexible C/SiC. The Team will also demonstrate that the flexible C/SiC materials retain bend fatigue resistance at high (> 2000°F) temperature. The Team will develop the fabrication protocols necessary to build complex shaped flexible structures and demonstrate a prototype flap constructed using the technology. Approved for Public Release | 22-MDA-11102 (22 Mar 22)

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