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Non-Carbon based Thermal Protection System for Hypersonic Movers

Company: Analex Corporation, DBA Arcfield

Primary: MATSE
Secondary: ME

Non-Disclosure Agreement: YES

Intellectual Property: YES

Hypersonic fliers require thermal protection systems (TPS) to survive their operating environments. Currently utilized TPS's are carbon-based ablative technologies and exhibit known characteristics. Non-Carbon based TPS's represent a next-generation TPS capable of enhancing the performance of hypersonic fliers. The objectives of this project are to: 1) Develop Project Plan and Schedule with Proceed/Adjust Gates. 2) Research and Identify candidate non-carbon based materials capable of being deployed as a TPS for hypersonic movers. 3) Downselect (or design) and propose material candidates for non-carbon based TPS's. 4) Analyze performance of candidate non-carbon based materials and compare it to typical carbon-based TPS's. 5) Demonstrate capabilities of candidate materials via testing in hypersonic wind tunnel with a conceputal hypersonic mover geometry. 6) (Stretch Goal) Verify demonstrated perfomance to analytical performance Deliveries for this project include: 1) Deliver Project Plan and Schedule. 2) A report summarizing all non-carbon based materials suitable for hypersonic TPSs. 3) A report discussing selection criteria with rationale, performance metrics considered and their priority, impact on selection criteria, and downselection methodology used. 4) A report detailing the analytical work performed including assumptions, mateiral properties, boundary conditions, and results. 5) A test report discussing the test setup, materials tested, tests performed, test conditions, observations, anomalies, methodologies, measurement types & location, and test results. 6) (Stretch Goal) A report discussing the comparison results between demonstrated and predicted material performance. NOTE: A single report is acceptable with each of the above as sections within the report. Each section is expected to be completed upon completion of each task and can be used as a reference for subsequent tasks. Cadance: - Minimum 1 hr. Virtual Meeting Weekly with Team (Students, Professor(s), and Arcfield) - Bi-Monthly 1 hr. Virtual Meeting between Professor/Advisor and Arcfield - Gate Reviews scheduled by the team. Timeline for Gate Reviews are to be determined by the team and communicated via the project plan and schedule.



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