The Composite Materials
Department maintains world-class expertise in developing novel
composite structures based on integrally formed 3-D textile
fiber preforms. Many of these composites are designed for
aerospace applications that demand optimum thermal and
mechanical performance. Key applications include actively
cooled rocket nozzles, space vehicle thermal protection,
polymeric composites for aircraft, microelectronic packaging,
hot structures for hypersonic vehicles, and efficient turbine
engine combustor components.
Our capabilities are comprehensive, ranging from
design and fabrication of composite structures for specific
applications to basic studies of material properties and
synthesis. Advanced fabrication techniques and performance
testing are integrated with unique modeling tools
incorporating key aspects of reinforcement architectures.
These capabilities, built over decades, allow us to address
the full range of component design and manufacture, and to
produce optimized composite prototypes for government,
strategic, and commercial customers.