NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Materials and Structures for Future Aircraft
PROPOSAL TITLE:Low Cost P/M Aluminum Syntactic Foam for Blade Containment in Turbine Engines

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive
Euclid, OH 44117-1252
(216) 404-0053

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brian  P.  Doud
24112 Rockwell Drive
Euclid, OH  44117-1252
(216) 404-0053

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed Phase I SBIR proposes a low density (0.75-1.2g/cc)syntactic aluminum foam energy absorber co-manufactured inside a composite fan case for turbine engines. Metal syntactic foams provide more energy absorption than any type other metal or non metallic foam on a volumetric basis (80-150J/cm^3). This will provide a lower weight alternative to hard wall fan casings and a smaller wall alternative to soft walled fan casings. The phase I program will test Syntactic aluminum foam and integrated carbon fiber aluminum syntactic foam panels under high strain rate conditions and under a blade failure ballistic test.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA commercial applications include turbine blade containment, ballistic energy absorption, micro-meteor impact mitigation, lightweight aero frame components, and thermal management materials.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Non-NASA Commercial applications include both military and commercial. Military uses include lightweight aero frame components, laser framing components, thermal insulation, and composite armor. Commercial applications include automotive crash absorption, sporting equipment, lightweight structures, and turbine engine safety applications.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Aircraft Engines
Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety
Thermal Insulating Materials

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