Design, Analysis and Fabrication of Low Cost Dissolvable Jet Vane Concepts for Rocket Propelled Missiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: A062-019-2676
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-019
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
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
 Daniel Butts
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 851-7653
Business Contact
 Timothy McKechnie
Title: President
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Research Institution
Low cost, tactical missiles such as the U.S. Army's PAM (Precision Attack Missile) will provide our nation with the capability of defeating threats to our deployed troops. However, improvements are desired in an effort to meet future missile requirements. One particular enhancement is the employment of dissolvable jet control vanes. Some offensive weapons, such as the PAM, typically are vertically launched and employ vanes in the plume to perform maneuvers early in flight before the external aerodynamic surfaces become effective. Drawbacks to existing jet vane designs are 1) jet vanes are exposed to a severe conditions in the exhaust plume, that can lead to significant erosion and complete failure due to thermal shock, which limits the effectiveness of the jet vanes; 2) non-ejectable jet vanes create unnecessary drag that limits the velocity, range, and payload; and 3) ejectable designs require very complex actuation and electrical controls with associated failure risks. Plasma Processes and Materials Research and Design propose to perform thermochemical and thermostructural analyses to audition design concepts and develop a preliminary design of feasible dissolvable jet vane(s). Promising concept(s) will be fabricated for demonstration using proven economical manufacturing techniques, such as vacuum plasma spraying and/or EL-Form electrochemical deposition.

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