Structural Health Monitoring System for Rocket Motor Cases

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5038
Agency Tracking Number: B041-041-0147
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-041
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
155C-3 Moffett Park Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089
DUNS: 043688410
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Scott Peck
 (408) 745-7924
Business Contact
 Amrita Kumar
Title: Director of Projects and
Phone: (408) 745-1188
Research Institution
Filament wound fiber reinforced composite rocket motor cases are widely used on MDA missile systems. However, significant performance and behavior characteristics of the composite structure can be affected by degradation resulting from exposure to environmental conditions or damage resulting from handling conditions. Fueling of the rocket motor adds an additional complexity in that inspection of the interior becomes impossible while creating the possibility of disbonds between the case and fuel. These factors can have potentially catastrophic consequences for the missile performance. The primary focus of this project will be the application of Acellent's SMART Layer technology to rocket motor case structural health monitoring. Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion, located in San Jose, CA has agreed to be the OEM application. The project will develop and test a structural health monitoring system for the Pratt & Whitney the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) or Ground Based, Mid-Course Defense (GMD) rocket motor cases.

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