Low Cost P/M Aluminum Syntactic Foam for Blade Containment in Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07QA06P
Agency Tracking Number: 067202
Amount: $99,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117-1252
DUNS: 17586
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Doud
 Principal Investigator
 (216) 404-0053
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (216) 404-0053
Email: ajsherman@powdermetinc.com
Research Institution
The proposed Phase I SBIR proposes a low density (0.75-1.2g/cc)syntactic aluminum foam energy absorber co-manufactured inside a composite fan case for turbine engines. Metal syntactic foams provide more energy absorption than any type other metal or non metallic foam on a volumetric basis (80-150J/cm^3). This will provide a lower weight alternative to hard wall fan casings and a smaller wall alternative to soft walled fan casings. The phase I program will test Syntactic aluminum foam and integrated carbon fiber aluminum syntactic foam panels under high strain rate conditions and under a blade failure ballistic test.

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