Development of a Liner-less Storage Tank for the Space Based Laser System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F2960103C0218
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0687
Amount: $1,389,217.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Gordon
 Program Manager
 (304) 547-5800
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Research Institution
Innovative materials and manufacturing processes are required to meet the performance and cost objectives of current space-based NMD and TMD system programs. One example is the use of polymer matrix composites for the reactant storage tanks aboard theLaser Payload Element (LPE) of the Space Based Laser (SBL) satellite. Currently evolving designs include aluminum clad polymer matrix composite (PMC) tanks with metallic liners. Materials are needed that offer comparable performance to PMC tanks instrength and stiffness, but with superior operating temperature capability and without the drawbacks of outgassing, metallic liners or exterior cladding for micro-meteorite protection. Touchstone Research Laboratory has developed an innovative method formanufacturing large fiber reinforced aluminum (FRA) components through the use of production processes that are analogous to PMC processes, while maintaining beneficial metal matrix composite (MMC) materials properties. Components fabricated using thistechnique are affordable and sustain strength and stiffness at high temperatures. They are also easy to repair and maintain. This technology has broad applications within space-based satellite systems, providing stiffened structures for Acquisition,Tracking, Pointing (ATP) subsystems and stable platforms for optics and beam control. It also provides a liner-less alternative to current PMC tank design.

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