Texas Engineering Experiment Station College Station College Station United States
A novel hybrid materials structure is proposed in this MURI to enable the design of next generation high speed, long-range, high-altitude aerospace vehicles with sensing and remaining life prognosis capabilities. This vision is carried into the research objective, which is to develop multifunctional, functionally graded hybrid composite FGHC systems with integrated sensing capabilities for extreme environments. The hybrid concept is based on a ceramic thermalenvironmental barrier layer, followed by a graded ceramicmetal composite layer that finally transitions to a high temperature polymer matrix composite with integrated SHM sensors. The research thrust areas are designed to enable the development of reliable, damage tolerant, lightweight structures with excellent thermal management andself-healing capability.