Fiber Reinforced Aluminum Rocket Motor Case

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,990.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F04611-03-M-3102
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0510
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101582922
Principal Investigator:
Brian Gordon
Program Manager
(304) 547-5800
blg@trl.com
Business Contact:
Brian Joseph
President
(304) 547-5800
bej@trl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Innovative rocket motor case materials and manufacturing processes are required to drive improvements in performance and price of today's rocket motors. Currently evolving missile designs, for example the Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile(AMRAAM), are moving towards higher pressures, higher and longer duration aeroheat temperatures, increased maneuverability, and have additional emphasis placed on meeting Insensitive Munitions (IM) standards. Higher motor operating pressures and increasedmissile stiffness will require materials and manufacturing processes exhibiting higher specific strength and stiffness than steels can provide on an efficient specific stiffness and specific strength basis. Materials will be required to have accuratepredictive failure modes that are tailored to specific IM stimuli, such as designing a case where its ability to hold pressure degrades faster than Fast Cook Off (FCO) thermal temperatures can reach and potentially detonate/deflagrate motor propellant.Touchstone Research Laboratory proposes to determine the feasibility of producing rocket motor cases out of a unique Fiber Reinforced Aluminum (FRA) material, a true Metal Matrix Composite (MMC). Touchstone's material system consists of a

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