Ultra-High Temperature Materials Program

This Office of Naval Research program seeks to develop materials, structures and computational tools that will enable the development of expendable systems that operate above 2500°C with no ablation or erosion. The primary application areas are naval hypersonics technologies, including advanced missile systems and Electromagnetic Railgun projectile. This program is also developing high-temperature structural insulator materials that mechanically support and thermally isolate internal systems (e.g., sensors, guidance mechanisms, weapons payload) from high-heat loads generated by burning fuel and/or aerothermal heating during launch/firing/re-entry of advanced naval weapons systems. Understanding the fundamental relationships between composition, microstructure and physical response (thermal and mechanical) at the micro- and meso-scale is of high importance, as is the potential for low-cost manufacturing techniques.


  • High-temperature structural insulators
  • Electromagnetic Railgun projectile
  • Missile systems
  • Leading edges
  • Rocket nozzles

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Eric Wuchina

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 33

Division: Naval Materials

Email: eric.wuchina@navy.mil

Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street
Arlington, Va. 22203

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