TA&T Ultra-Lightweight Armor Qualified for Ground Combat Vehicles and Helicopters
Annapolis, MD – March 3, 2020 – TA&T Spinel Armor is the lightest known armor to pass the rigorous ARMY All-Weather Multi- Hit ATPD-2352R tests for Ground Combat Vehicles. The qualification of the Spinel Ground Combat Armor was administered by the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in 2015. In 2019, Light Weight Spinel Armor passed all the ballistic, environmental, optical and vibration tests for helicopter Multiple Impact Transparent Armor System (MITAS) and is now ready for use on Blackhawks, Chinooks, and Apaches.
Transparent Spinel armor is comprised of a hard, Ceramic Spinel strike face with a proprietary laminate backing, designed to survive stringent ballistic, thermal shock, extreme temperature, sand/rain erosion and de-icing requirements. The armor is ideal for weight sensitive applications requiring force protection including helicopters, clandestine ground vehicles, riverine and fast attack boats, mounted gunner protection kits and personal protection in the form of face and riot shields.
3-D Ceramic Stereolithography Ceramic Cores Qualified for Turbine Blade Production
Annapolis, MD – January 2015 – TA&T’s CSL ceramic casting core technology is believed to be the first additive manufacturing (AM) method to achieve first article production capability for single crystal superalloy turbine blades. This breakthrough capability is being extended to CSL fabrication of the casting core and the mold (Cored Mold) is one piece. The associated cost and time savings for direct AM fabrication of Cored Molds is a major disruptive technology for new and complicated turbine blade designs.
TA&T Produced Ceramic Central to Discovery of Water in Martian Soil
Annapolis, MD – October 4, 2013 – NASA reported late in late September that the Mars Curiosity Rover discovered water in the soil of Mars. A Technology Assessment and Transfer (TA&T) component was critical to these findings.
Ceramic heater bodies developed, designed, and manufactured by TA&T are a central part of the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) instrument suite on board the Curiosity Rover. Manufactured via Ceramic Stereolithography, a form of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, the oven heater bodies can withstand the extreme temperatures, in excess of 1,500⁰F, required for heating soil samples. TA&T was selected by NASA to fabricate these parts due to the high expense of traditional manufacturing techniques.
Due to the oven heaters success in the SAM Suite, TA&T is currently developing enhanced and optimized designs for NASA. These next generation components will improve upon the capabilities already seen on the Curiosity Rover.
Ceramic Stereolithography, or CSL, is a rapid prototyping technique that builds complex shapes layer-by-layer. This enables previously unmachinable designs to be made. The CSL process has applications beyond space exploration, including those which have consumer and industrial applications. The process requires no tooling and therefore allows rapid prototyping of fully-functional ceramic parts. TA&T has been involved in the development of rocket engine fuel injectors, heat exchangers for cooling electronics in hybrid electric vehicles, ceramic molds for turbine engine blades, and electrosurgical medical device tips, among other development projects.