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Coatings for Hypersonic Vehicles


Professor Bridget Rogers (Chemical Engineering) is developing thin-film ceramic composite coatings that can perform under the extreme and unique conditions encountered on the nose cone and the leading edges of wings of hypersonic aircraft. 

These materials can also be used in other extreme conditions, such as on power plant turbines, military and civilian aircraft, and NASA space craft.

“Our ultimate goal,” Rogers says, “is to develop an optimal thin-film coating that adheres well to the surface of the vehicle or machinery, resists corrosion and protects the equipment from high temperatures, low pressure and high-speed plasma flows during flight.”

Vanderbilt University