Composite Airframes based on Structural Ceramics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$599,891.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-08-C-4122
Award Id:
82454
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-183-0294
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786127522
Principal Investigator:
Marthinus van Schoor
Chief Executive Officer
(781) 306-0609
tienie@mide.com
Business Contact:
Petra Botha
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 306-0609
pbotha@mide.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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