Rain Erosion Modeling for Hypersonic Thermal Protection System (TPS) and Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-06-C-7447
Agency Tracking Number: 053-1109
Amount: $99,354.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-021
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
150 Dow Street, Tower Two, Manchester, NH, 03101
DUNS: 009254546
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tim Kostar
 Senior Engineer
 (603) 624-9197
Business Contact
 John Dignam
Title: Vice President
Phone: (603) 624-9197
Email: dignam@mentissciences.com
Research Institution
Presently, no standard rain erosion reference (code, document(s), database, etc) exists for system designers and engineers to predict the material behavior of candidate materials for sub-sonic, sonic, and hypersonic mission profiles. Historically, individual companies have taken a shoot and look approach to this subject, and relied on past performance for flight predictions. Within the community, an attempt has been made to couple the material response to projected media, however, unfortunately, this information quickly becomes proprietary and hence, does not exist in the public media. This objective of this proposal is to develop coupled shock, impact, and material response model of a system during a rain event. Researchers will draw on historical data, recent sled test articles, and international publications made recently available to address the associated variables and develop the necessary numerical models. Sub-scale, and ultimately, sled tests will be conducted on several candidate materials and their performance will be compared / contrasted with the numerical model.

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