Metal Matrix Composite Axial Propulsion Missile Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-07-C-0081
Agency Tracking Number: 053-0507
Amount: $1,583,350.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: MDA05-068
Solitcitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
Duns: 101582922
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Gordon
 Senior Program Manager
 (304) 547-5800
 blg@trl.com
Business Contact
 Brian Joseph
Title: President, COO
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Email: bej@trl.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The overall objective of the proposed effort is to develop a solid rocket motor case based on metal matrix composites that will maintain or increase the performance of Navy rocket motors and improve compliance with insensitive munitions (IM) requirements. The Phase I effort focused on design trade studies for larger, strategic missiles such as Mk72 and Mk135. The studies compared the performance of a steel case with an MMC case under a fast cook-off scenario using Aerojet’s ARCAST analysis code. Design analysis was also performed on various closure methods for MMC cylinders, including secondarily attached and integral closures. The predictions showed the potential for both structural and IM benefits associated with the MMC case designs. Phase II activities will further demonstrate the MMC case technology developed in Phase I and address scaling issues. During Phase III, the technology and methods developed during the prior phases will be implemented into solid rocket motors that are required to be IM compliant.

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