Carbon-Carbon/Carbon Foam/Aerogel Process for Integrated Aerostructure TPS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,995.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-09-C-7127
Agency Tracking Number:
B083-020-0586
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA08-020
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B, Triadelphia, WV, 26059
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
101582922
Principal Investigator:
Drew Spradling
Senior Product Development Engineer
(304) 547-5800
dms@trl.com
Business Contact:
Brian Joseph
President, COO
(304) 547-5800
bej@trl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Extreme heating conditions of future MDA missions are too severe for existing low-density systems (i.e., PICA – Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator); and existing high-density systems (i.e., carbon-carbon, carbon-phenolic) are too heavy and thermally inefficient. The proposed effort seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of wrapping a lightweight, rigid carbon foam with a carbon-carbon outerlayer that serves as an integrated aerostructural TPS. To enhance the thermal performance of the carbon foam without dramatically increasing its weight, a carbon aerogel is infiltrated into the open pore structure, providing decreased radiant heat transfer. An innovative manufacturing process that involves the wrapping of a carbon fiber phenolic prepreg over a carbon foam/aerogel cylindrical mandrel will be demonstrated under the Phase I effort. Co-carbonization issues such as differential shrinkage between the carbon-carbon and carbon foam will be investigated. Also, characterization of the boundary layers will be performed along with a preliminary economic assessment for scale up.

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