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Aerogel Spray Thermal Barrier

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0187
Agency Tracking Number: N054-015-0356
Amount: $99,866.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-T015
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2005
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2005-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-05-31
Small Business Information
450 Lindbergh Avenue
Livermore, CA 94551
United States
DUNS: 008645624
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Droege
 Pricinpal Investigator
 (925) 606-6540
Business Contact
 Michael Droege
Title: President
Phone: (925) 606-6540
Research Institution
 Andrew W Cain
2000 Ninth Avenue, South
Birmingham, AL 35205
United States

 (205) 581-2809
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

A need exists for new weapon types that can rapidly strike targets around the globe within minutes. One current focus is the development of hypersonic strike weapons. Hypersonic weapons will have increased effectiveness, decreased time to target, and increased range. However, hypersonic projectiles will experience significant aerothermic heating necessitating thermal protection. This key technology requirement is driven by the need for extremely robust, high g and high temperature tolerant structures. Nanoporous solids such as aerogels are of interest in such thermal protection applications. To make full use of the potential of these nanoporous materials in thermal protection for hypersonic projectiles, novel aerogel formulations and new methods of integration and application on structures is required. Ocellus has successfully developed aerogel composites with high temperature stability, insulation, and acoustic/shock tolerance. In this Phase I effort, we will assess various aerogels and aerogel composites to identify those materials or family of materials that are suited to this application, using thermal conductivity/heat transport models we developed for analyzing aerogels and aerogel composites at high temperature. Based on these results, a novel aerogel formulation suitable for spray deposition will be demonstrated and its thermal and mechanical properties characterized at high temperature.

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