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Multi-functional windows
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Paper Abstract

The requirements for modern aircraft are driving the need for conformal windows for future sensor systems. However, limitations on optical systems and the physical properties of optically transparent materials currently limit the geometry of existing windows and window assemblies to faceted assemblies of flat windows held in weight bearing frames. Novel material systems will have to be developed which combine different materials (e.g. ductile metals with transparent ceramics) into structures that combine transparency with structural integrity. Surmet’s demonstrated ability to produce novel transparent ceramic/metal structures will allow us to produce such structures in the types of conformal shapes required for future aircraft applications. Furthermore, the ability to incorporate transparencies into such structures also holds out the promise of creating multi-functional windows which provide a broad range of capabilities that might include RF antennas and de-icing in addition to transparency. Recent results in this area will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8708, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XIII, 87080B (4 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016868
Show Author Affiliations
Nagendra Nag, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Lee M. Goldman, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Sreeram Balasubramanian, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Suri Sastri, Surmet Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8708:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials XIII
Randal W. Tustison; Brian J. Zelinski, Editor(s)

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