Composite Airframes based on Structural Ceramics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-08-C-4122
Agency Tracking Number: N063-183-0294
Amount: $999,732.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-183
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marthinus van Schoor
 Chief Executive Officer
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution
Mide is proposing to develop an airframe that will result in a low-cost, high-performance hypersonic airframe with an integrated thermal protection system. Phase II will focus on the development of a multi-layered airframe where alternating layers of a high strength ceramics and carbon-carbon composites are used to thermally protect the airframe and to ensure that the nose tip will ablate symmetrically when the airframe is exposed to severe thermal loads. The design has a high strength ceramic “plug” between the nose tip and the rest of the Maraging steel airframe to reduce heat flow from the nose. The Maraging Steel will be covered with a ceramic sleeve to reduce the heat flux into the airframe. The base effort will review and update the airframe requirements, develop a first order model to assess the impact of ablation, generate material properties over the range of expected temperatures and verify or update thermal and strength performance models using simple layered coupon tests. The first option will focus on the feasibility demonstration of the airframe through testing a prototype in a high temperature oven. The second option will examine the ablation control ability of the layered nose cone through testing of prototype nose cones in an arc jet facility.

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