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Low Cost P/M Aluminum Syntactic Foam for Blade Containment in Turbine Engines, Phase I

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Low Cost P/M Aluminum Syntactic Foam for Blade Containment in Turbine Engines, Phase I
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. More »

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