Nanomaterial Reinforcement for High Strength Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Case Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-04-M-3010
Agency Tracking Number: F041-200-0957
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF04-200
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Duns: 625120902
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rock Rushing
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
 rrushing@tri-austin.com
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Recent progress in the field of nanoreinforcements has the potential to advance composite properties to a level of performance that will be required for aerospace and missile initiatives such as The Air Force's Operationally Responsive Spacelift (ORS) effort and the Falcon Program (Force Application and Launch from CONtinental United States). Novel filament winding matrix resins are therefore proposed to overcome the current limitations. TRI/Austin will develop a new class of nanoreinforced hybrid resins that will offer the desired combination of high strength and glass transition. In addition, a mechanism will be investigated whereby a thermal barrier skin effect will protect the composite from extreme temperatures. This may be relevant in terms of eliminating the secondary thermal barrier coating that is sometimes necessary on rocket motor casings. TRI/Austin's team for the Phase I effort will include experts in the field of rocket motor filament winding technologies. These experts include personnel from a prominent rocket motor manufacturer that has been in business for over 50 years and has extensive experience in solid propellant rocket and gas generator development and production. Processing and performance requirements will be identified to ensure that the developed matrix resins comply with the end-use and manufacturing requirements.

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