Functionally Graded Metallic Lattice Components (FGMLC) for Advanced Propulsion Component

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0460
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0162
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-007
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. Sauer
 Aerospace Engineer
 (608) 229-2752
Business Contact
 Eric Rice
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (608) 229-2730
Research Institution
ORBITEC and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) propose to develop functionally graded metallic lattice components for use in advanced rocket propulsion systems. The FGMLC material will utilize an internal intertwined lattice structure to join different constituents of the composite material. This lattice structure will allow a designed gradation from one material to another while maintaining each materials properties. The FGMLC will utilize a high-heat flux metallic material for the hot-side surface. This material will be graded to a high-strength, light weight metallic materials on the outer surface of the component. The FGMLC offers several advantages over conventional graded materials. The mature FGMLC is expected to offer a low-cost, lightweight, long life, elegant design for high heat flux applications. The Phase I effort will involve selection of candidate materials and manufacturing processes, fabrication of FGMLC test samples, development of a laboratory test fixture to evaluate the performance of FGMLC prototype components under simulated operating conditions, mechanical testing of FGMLC samples, evaluation of component behavior and performance under test conditions, and development of Phase II fabrication and test plans. This proposal responds to Topic SB082-007, which requests new materials and processes that provide revolutionary capability to DoD platforms and weapon systems.

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