Low Cost, Non-Eroding Boost Nozzle Throats

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-04-C-0111
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1174
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA03-055
Solicitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL, 35811
DUNS: 799114574
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Hickman
 Materials Engineer
 (256) 851-7653
Business Contact
 Timothy McKechnie
Title: President
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Email: timmck@plasmapros.com
Research Institution
Low cost, boost phase nozzles are needed for missile defense systems. Boost phase intercept missiles require high thrust motors that operate at very high pressures and temperatures. The nozzles must survive high thermal strains with minimal erosion to maintain performance. Current R&D focuses on non-eroding and DACS materials. However, low cost fabrication technologies and innovative nozzle designs are needed. In Phase I, Plasma Processes developed a unique 2 piece nozzle design and then demonstrated its fabrication. The results show that a 2-piece throat design has 50% lower thermal strains and 15% lower temperatures than a baseline 1-piece throat. In Phase II, PPI will further optimize and fabricate advanced tungsten alloy and tantalum carbide nozzles for SM-3 Third Stage Rocket Motors and Kinetic Energy Interceptors. Extensive modeling and design analyses will be used to fabricate subscale throats for hot fire test screening. PPI will scale up and optimize the processing using rapid manufacturing techniques to reduce cost. A full scale boost nozzle will be designed and fabricated for hot fire testing at ATK in a TSRM nozzle evaluation motor. The SBIR will result in the qualification of robust, low cost, boost nozzles with improved performance and reliability for Missile Defense.

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