NON-AUTOCLAVE MATERIALS FOR LARGE COMPOSITE STRUCTURES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$699,934.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
F33615-02-C-5007
Agency Tracking Number:
00-0965
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, INC.
15 WARD STREET, SOMERVILLE, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106771140
Principal Investigator:
CATHERINE BYRNE
SR. RESEARCH SCIENTIST
(617) 547-1122
CBYRNE@SRL.COM
Business Contact:
JONAH JACOB
PRESIDENT
(617) 547-1122
OFFICE@SRL.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this SBIR program is to develop the technology to fabricate large, lightweight composite structures for reusable launch vehicle applications. Such launch vehicles will deploy defense assets in space. Critical Defense assets include space components of the National Missile Defense System and the Theater Missile Defense System. Launch vehicles for the Space-Based Infrared System will include Titan vehicles as well as the Air Force Space Operations Vehicle (SOV). Composite structures on the SOV will be too large to cure inside existing autoclaves. Electron beam processing is an extremely competitive approach for low cost, out-of-autoclave composite curing and bonding. However, additional development of EB-cured materials is required to meet SOV mechanical and thermal design specifications. Science Research Laboratory, the University of Dayton and Drexel University will develop and test EB-cured resins and composites at ambient and at cryogenic temperatures. The goal is to meet or exceed the properties of baseline Cytec Fiberite 977-2, used by AFRL in developing materials for the SOV. The materials and processes developed are also applicable to rigidization of large inflatable composite structures using ionizing radiation in space.

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