Miniature Extendable Nozzles or actuating nozzles for improved ISP of DACS thrusters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$149,964.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7304
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-022-0317
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-022
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
350 Voyager Way, Huntsville, AL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
839422763
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Sims
Principal Investigator
(256) 562-2191
joseph.sims@asi-hsv.com
Business Contact:
Rhonda Harrison
Director, Contracts and Pricing
(256) 562-2123
contracts@asi-hsv.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ASI is pleased to team with ATK to present a novel concept for enabling large nozzle area ratio increases for future solid divert and attitude control system (SDACS) valves/thrusters. The proposed effort will demonstrate feasibility of this advanced concept through a thorough design study that includes mechanical layout and packaging, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of nozzle performance and a kill vehicle performance comparison. We anticipate those analyses will show quite significant kill vehicle divert performance increase. To support that conclusion for our proposal, we completed a survey of state of the art in extendible nozzles and used the relative performance rankings we found in the literature to determine whether our solution represents a significant advance in state of the art. That comparison shows that our proposed solution enables a two- to five-fold increase in area ratio (for the same length) over a fixed bell nozzle, and a 40% to 100% increase in area ratio over state-of-the-art extendible nozzles. Weight and reliability impacts are minimal.

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