Novel Aerogel Enhanced Structures for Future Aerospace Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,985.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F33615-03-M-3340
Award Id:
62557
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-1575
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
184 CEDAR HILL STREET, MARLBOROUGH, MA, 01752
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
Sara Rosenberg
Manager, Government Progr
(508) 481-5058
srosenberg@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
Kang Lee
Chairman and CTO
(508) 481-5058
contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Future generation aircraft demand advancements in performance and multifunctionality in the structures. Areas such as weapons bays, landing gear bays, avionics, etc., require active cooling in order to protect the components from overheating duringoperation. Aspen Aerogels proposes to team with Northrop Grumman corporation to develop aerogel insulation solutions for these aircraft structure applications. Aerogels currently are the most effective thermal insulation known, short of hard vacuum.Proposed aerogel blankets or aerogel augmented honeycomb will provide increased thermal insulation for reduced active cooling, weight, and cost in aircraft structure. Additionally, the aerogel material provides IR suppression, blast mitigation, noisesuppression, and fire resistance for further enhanced multifunctionality. The material developed can easily be implemented into the structure of future aircraft such as the Long Range Strike Aircraft or B-2. Aspen's current commercialization of theaerogel blanket insulation will serve as the basis for transition of the proposed technology to the commercial market. The aerogel insulation will provide incredible thermal insulation, as well as IR suppression, blast mitigation, noise suppression, andfire resistance. Incorporating this material directly into the structure (ie, into a honeycomb core) will provide these benefits with little weight gain and within existing space constraints. These material solutions can be applied to future military, aswell as commercial aircraft structures.

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