Metal Matrix Composite DACS Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7900
Agency Tracking Number: B112-014-0487
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA11-014
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road, Triadelphia, WV, -
DUNS: 101582922
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Gordon
 Senior Program Mgr/Lab Director
 (304) 547-5800
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Kraftician
Title: President&CEO
Phone: (304) 547-5800
Research Institution
Touchstone proposes an innovative solution to the composite overwrapped helium tank that will lower the cost and reduce the weight. The current configuration consists of storage tank for the fuel, the oxidizer, and a gas that is used to pressurize the fuel and oxidizer. The gas tank design incorporates a polymer composite that is wound over a titanium liner. The polymer composite provides the strength and the titanium liner prevents gas leakage. This arrangement is expensive and heavy. In contrast, an aluminum metal matrix composite (Al MMC) tank design could lead to several advantages, including higher temperature application capability, impermeable liner with no rubber bladder required, and comparable strength to polymer matrix composites. The failure modes of the tank are also potentially more benign due to the ductile nature of aluminum, allowing for more strain until failure. It is the goal of the proposed work to develop a novel Al MMC helium tank for a liquid DACS that is low cost and lightweight to help increase the system delta velocity to greater than 1000 m/s and reduce the reaction time to less than 10 ms.

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