Functionally Graded Metallic Lattice Components (FGMLC) for Advanced Propulsion Component
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AbstractORBITEC proposes to develop functionally graded metallic lattice components for use in advanced rocket propulsion systems. The FGMLC material will utilize an internal intertwined lattice structure to join different constituents of the composite material. This lattice structure will allow a designed gradation from one material to another while maintaining each materials properties. The FGMLC will utilize a multiple different materials to achieve increased performance in harsh environment applications. The FGMLC offers several advantages over conventional graded materials. The mature FGMLC is expected to offer a low-cost, lightweight, long life, elegant design for high-temperature nozzle applications. The proposed Phase II effort will utilize new, advanced manufacturing processes to create functional graded materials (FGM) that uniquely combine two or more distinct materials. These innovative material structures will offer significant improvements in durability, mission flexibility, and system performance through the employment of internal intertwined lattice structures to bond and mechanically link the different constituent materials. This lattice structure will allow a designed gradation from one material to another while maintaining the material properties of each. This proposal responds to Topic SB082-007, which requests new materials and processes that provide revolutionary capability to DoD platforms and weapon systems.
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