Fast-Running Physics-Based Models for Intercept Debris Aero-heating and Aero-thermal Demise

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7368
Agency Tracking Number: B122-009-0003
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA12-009
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
511 N. Missouri Ave., Morton, IL, -
DUNS: 078275829
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Witzig
 President / CEO
 (309) 357-0191
 andrew.witzig@shearwater-tech.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Witzig
Title: President / CEO
Phone: (309) 357-0191
Email: andrew.witzig@shearwater-tech.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Accurate prediction of aero-thermal demise of post-intercept debris is a high priority for the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Predictive tools for assessing the aero-thermal demise of intercept debris are needed to support BMDS effectiveness evaluations, flight test and range safety operations, and consequence mitigation assessments. During this Phase I effort, Shearwater Technology, Inc. will team with ITT Exelis to develop a fast-running simulation tool for predicting aero-heating and aero-thermal demise of post intercept debris with complex geometries. We have developed a novel approach to create a unique toolset that will have the capability to predict in-depth phenomena, such as ablation and surface recession, for three dimensional debris objects in high velocity flows. We also intend to benchmark the technology against existing test data and develop necessary criteria for scoring demise modes, such as consumption, catastrophic burn-through, dynamic pressure overload, and g-load crushing.

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