LIGHTWEIGHT THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR HYPERSONIC VEHICLE CREW ESCAPE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$325,909.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
1992
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
13096
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ultramet
12173 Montague St, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Andrew J Sherman
 (818) 899-0236
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A MAJOR BARRIER TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMERGENCY CREW ESCAPE SYSTEMS FOR HYPERSONIC SPACE-CAPABLE VEHICLES (I.E. NASP) IS THE EXCESSIVE WEIGHT ASSOCIATED WITH THE REQUIRED THERMAL PROTECTION HEAT SHIELD. IN THIS PHASE I PROGRAM, ULTRAMET PROPOSES TO UTILIZE ITS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IN THE FABRICATION OF LIGHTWEIGHT REFRACTORY FOAM STRUCTURES TO REDESIGN THE HEAT SHIELD USING NEW MATERIALS TO REDUCE THE WEIGHT BY AT LEAST 50%. A RETICULATED VITREOUS CARBON FOAM WILL BE INFILTRATED WITH HAFNIUM CARBIDE (HFC) BY CHEMICAL VAPOR INFILTRATION (CVI). THIS LIGHTWEIGHT REFRACTORY STRUCTURE WILL THEN BE TESTED FOR THERMAL INSULATION CAPACITY USING A FLAME IMPINGEMENT APPARATUS. FABRICATION AND STRUCTURAL ATTACHEMENT APPROACHES WILL ALSO BE INVESTIGATED AND EVALUATED. IN PHASE I, COUPONS OF REPRESENTATIVE MATERIALS WILL BE FABRICATED, TESTED, AND DELIVERED. IN PHASE II, A LARGER SUBSCALE PORTION OF THE HEAT SHIELD WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AND SUBJECTED TO MECHANICAL AND THERMAL TESTING IN SIMULATED TYPICAL OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS.

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