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In a competitive world, connections and collaboration can make the difference between success and failure. The Ohio Aerospace Institute can help you succeed! As part of your team we can help grow your business.

PARTNER WITH US ON CONTRACTS WITH NASA, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AND OTHERS

The Ohio Aerospace Institute has extensive experience working with multiple agencies in the government. In 31 years, we won over $230 million in contracts which helped generate more than 1,700 jobs. We can use our experience to help grow your company!

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TEAM WITH US, A PRIME CONTRACTOR, ON THE NAVY’S $50 BILLION SEAPORT NEXT GENERATION CONTRACT

We are also a Prime Contractor on the Navy’s $50 billion Seaport Next Generation contract. Each week requests for proposals are posted that can be performed by both small and large businesses. As a prime contractor on this effort, you can team with us to complete these efforts. We also participate in two other NASA and Department of Defense consortiums which announce additional opportunities each week. Inquire to learn more about teaming with us on these opportunities!

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TEAM WITH US, A PRIME CONTRACTOR, ON THE NAVY’S $50 BILLION SEAPORT NEXT GENERATION CONTRACT

We are also a Prime Contractor on the Navy’s $50 billion Seaport Next Generation contract. Each week requests for proposals are posted that can be performed by both small and large businesses. As a prime contractor on this effort, you can team with us to complete these efforts. We also participate in two other NASA and Department of Defense consortiums which announce additional opportunities each week. Inquire to learn more about teaming with us on these opportunities!

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SafeLi, a start-up based on the discovery of solid carbon monoxide at room temperature and pressure, that is demonstrating improves the performance of lithium-ion batteries had the opportunity to meet with battery and materials experts at NASA and OAI. With these experts, we identified new opportunities for where this novel material might have an impact and identified the next steps to realize these potential applications. In addition, critical introductions are also being made to accelerate our path to market. All of these activities are crucial to and invaluable for the continued development of SafeLi as a start-up that will make it possible to disrupt the lithium-ion battery market with SafeLi’s advanced materials.

– Dr. Carol Hirschmugl

Founder & CEO

Build collaborative teams with other industry, government, and academic partners

The Ohio Aerospace Institute can connect you to an extensive network of aerospace organizations and experts. Through our current contracts, consortia, and an extensive membership program, we can guide you to opportunities with government agencies, large companies, universities, and scores of small businesses. See a list of our members in our annual report. If you want more information on how we can help your team, contact us.

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Expand Your Business into One of The Top Regions in the Country

Ohio is not only the Birthplace of Aviation, it is one of the most robust areas in the country for the aerospace industry. The Ohio Aerospace Institute has a membership program to help you work with giants like General Electric Aviation, NASA, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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Expand your customer base through Government-to-Business and Business-to-Business events, and many other networking opportunities

Networking is critical to the success of your company. The Ohio Aerospace Institute organizes multiple events every year to help build your business. We can facilitate growing your network of funders and customers at events like Ohio Aerospace Day, Ohio’s Drive For Defense, B2B/B2G events, symposia, speaker series, and more. We have a membership program that provides even more opportunities.

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Expand your customer base through Government-to-Business and Business-to-Business events, and many other networking opportunities

Networking is critical to the success of your company. Ohio Aerospace Institute organizes multiple events every year to help build that critical component. We can facilitate introducing you to funders and customers at events like Ohio Aerospace Day, Ohio’s Drive For Defense, B2B/B2G events, symposia, speaker series, and more. We have a membership program that provides even more opportunities.

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OBTAIN GRANT FUNDING FOR YOUR INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESS

Innovative small businesses across Ohio work with the Ohio Aerospace Institute to learn about, apply for, and manage Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants. These grants from the federal government provide $150k – $3M in research funds, and can lead to exclusive sales opportunities with the federal government. In addition, the funded research can support development of products and services for sale in the commercial sector. Ohio Aerospace Institute works with companies across all technology sectors, including aerospace, energy, transportation, medical devices, bioscience, agriculture, IT, and others. OAI also advises innovative small companies on access to other non-dilutive (grant) funding sources.

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The Ohio Aerospace Institute helped us through our SBIR applications and gave us the needed perspective on where we were in the process. And after we received an NSF SBIR grant, they continued to help us by providing the support and connections we needed to get our company’s documentation in order and execute on the grant. The Ohio Aerospace Institute has been and continues to be a great resource for us and the Ohio startup community!

– Steven Burns

CEO, MSTATT LLC

The Ohio Aerospace Institute has researchers with expertise that can help you grow.

Systems Sensing & Safety

Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and health monitoring
  • Utilize health monitoring data from smart sensors distributed throughout structure
  • Specimen scale, sub-component level, and full scale damage characterization tests of advanced materials
High Temperature Electronics
  • SiC based sensors for 500°C aerospace and harsh environment applications
  • Conventional materials fail beyond 225°C
  • Expertise in packaging technologies
Laser Diagnostics for Combustion Research
  • Measure flame temperatures, gas composition, and chemical species using Raman Spectroscopy
  • Optimize fuel/air mix
  • Subsonic/supersonic and pressure controlled cruise conditions
Aircraft Icing Research
Computational tools
  • Develop validated tools for predicting ice growth, ice protection system behavior, and the effects of ice contamination for design, analysis, and certification
  • Expertise in thermo-mechanical characterization and modeling of basic ice behavior
  • Improve current ice accretion and ice protection system prediction methods to allow use of codes for design and certification over a broad range of icing conditions, aircraft geometries, and flow conditions. This approach also ensures that codes are accurate, robust, fast, and easy to uses
Ice Adhesion Behavior
  • Characterize impact ice properties and adhesion strength
    • Develop new test techniques and employ various in-situ monitoring tools
    • Fabricate statistically significant amount of specimens under various icing conditions
Research Team Manager: Andrew Gyekenyesi
AndrewGyekenyesi@oai.org | 216-433-8155

Materials

Light-weight, High-performance Polymers and Structures
  • Develop molecularly engineered advanced polymeric materials and composites from design to end-use applications—including synthesis, characterization, process optimization, component design and prototyping, and manufacturing optimization
  • Research performance – durability evaluation and prediction for various applications; aeronautics, space, marine, auto, medical, durable goods.
  • Current activities: High voltage insulations for hybrid electric aircraft, high temperature organics for Stirling convertors, Curved PMCs for automotive, nanocomposites, high temperature polymer aerogels for aerospace applications
Ceramics and Metallics
  • Advance materials technology for aerospace as well as other applications
  • Integration technologies
  • Develop a wide range of approaches to join dissimilar materials for a wide range of thermo-structural conditions
  • Shape memory alloys
  • Develop stable, high-work-output, shape memory alloys for a range of application temperatures & stress levels for use in adaptive structures and actuators through a fundamental understanding & control of material properties
Research Team Manager: Eugene Shin
EugeneShin@oai.org | 216-433-8155

Structures

  • Develop testing methodologies for high temperature structural materials, sub-elements, and components
  • Thermal, dynamic, and stress analyses of aerospace structural elements (ex: sandwich structures and protective coatings on metallic alloys and ceramic matrix composites) with finite element methods
  • Simulation of lightning strike effects on delamination of CFRP panels with cohesive layers between plies to capture delaminations
  • Durability estimation of aerospace components with creep life models, fatigue crack initiation models, and fracture mechanics
Research Team Manager: Sreeramesh Kalluri
SreerameshKalluri@oai.org | 216.433.6727

Computational Modeling

Support technology development for air/space vehicle propulsion systems
  • Develop theoretical and computational models for system components
  • Advance knowledge and understanding
    • Reduce cost of access to space by improved performance and efficiency
    • Reduce environmental impact (noise and emissions)
    • Investigate new pulse detonation rocket-based combined-cycle (PDRBCC) engine concept
    • Develop models and prediction codes for propulsion system (jet) noise
    • Develop turbulence-chemistry interaction models for reacting multi-phase flow simulations
Basic Research
  • Multi-disciplinary physics
  • Uncertainty Quantification/Sensitivity Analysis
  • High-speed flows
Applications
  • CFD support of projects/experiments
  • Software/Hardware optimization for high performance computing
Research Team Manager: Stewart Leib
StewartLeib@oai.org | 216.433.8639

Space Science

Knowledge and technology to advance space exploration
  • Develop space propulsion, power, and communications technologies
  • Examine aspects of space science:  environmental interactions
    • Exploration technology
    • Advanced propulsion – high power Hall effect thrusters
    • Plasma propulsion – advanced concepts such as MPD, plasma wave acceleration
    • NIAC advanced concepts
    • Advanced solar power – advanced cells, support to DARPA FAST array testing
    • Advanced test sets for exploration communications
    • Solar and nuclear electric propulsion systems studies
    • Space sciences
    • Solar cell lifetime and arcing in space
    • Environmental monitoring instrumentation
Research Team Manager: James Gilland
JamesGilland@oai.org | 440.962.3000

Ceramics

  • Laminated Object Manufacturing of ceramic matrix composites
  • Binder jet printing technologies (with RP+M)
    • Study processing constituents (e.g., SiC powders, infiltrants, fiber reinforcements)
    • Assess microstructure (optical and SEM) and properties (densities and bend tests)
  • Develop and characterize feed materials for 3-D printing of silicon carbide (SiC)-based ceramics
  • 3-D printing of multi-functional materials

Thermal Management

  • Utilize new advanced materials, such as high conductivity porous graphite foams, for solving thermal management challenges (e.g., aerospace, electronics, directed energy weapons, energy production)
    • Low density, large surface area, and engineered, open pore structure
    • High ligament thermal conductivity (>1700 W/m•K) and bulk conductivity (up to 245 W/m•K)
    • Potential for high temperature and chemically aggressive environments
  • Use as a heat exchanger and replacement for metallic finned structures
  • Employ as conductivity enhancer for phase change materials within thermal energy storage systems
  • Ohio Aerospace Institute projects address large scale production, improved foam durability via coatings, joining procedures, and basic design methodologies as well as test techniques for producing thermal, flow, and mechanical characterization data

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