Ultra Refractory Composites: Enabling Performance and Cost Payoffs For Divert Propulsion Components
Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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Ceramic Composites, Inc.
1110 Benfield Blvd., Millersville, MD, 21108
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AbstractCeramic Composites Inc. proposes its novel fiber reinforced Ultra Refactory Composites as an enabling technology for replacement of heavy and expensive rhenium components in BMDO divert and attitude systems (DACS). A systematic approach for optimizing agraded C-Re matrix and a graded C-HfC/SiC matrix densification process for different carbon fiber preforms; i.e. for divert thrusters and hot gas valve assemblies, respectively, is outlined. Multiple hot firing tests in a solid DACS envirornment by OEM ATKThiokol, will provide the success criteria necessary to transition to full scale component testing in phase II. Weight savings of 7:1 and cost savings of 5:1 compared to solid rhenium component are achievable. Millions of dollars in production costavoidance and enhanced performance capabilities will be realized for Standard Missile III interceptor, a critical part of the Theater Missile Defense' s AEGIS Weapon System. Similar benefits are achievable for THAAD DACS components as well as advancedaricraft propulsion systems and hypersonic missiles. Major spinoff commercial market opportunities have also been identified.
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