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Company Information:

Company Name: FIBER MATERIALS, INC.
City: Biddeford
State: ME
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (207) 282-5911

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $4,793,780.00 69
SBIR Phase II $16,370,129.00 25

Award List:

THROUGH ACTIVATED CARBON FABRICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,924.00
Abstract:
Fabrics consisting of activated carbon fibers are being developed for use in chemical protective garments as potential replacement for the current coated foam. these fabrics not only must absorb toxic chemical vapors adequately but also provide good air moisture permeability to minimize the… More

COMPOSITE FOR BONE CEMENT OR BONE REPLACEMENT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,995.00
Abstract:
Many areas of orthopaedic surgery would benefit from an injectable,biocompatible bone cement or bone replacement material which could provide immediate structural reinorcement to skeletal regions and then gradually be incorporated into host bones. the harvard medical school biomechaincs laboratory… More

MATERIALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $49,863.00
Abstract:
This project will develop a test procedure to determine strenght of rocket motor case materials at temperatures approaching the melting point of the materials to extend thedata presented in mil-hdbk-5c. laser techniques to measure strain by observing flags on the test specimens at elevated… More

HOT ISOSTATIC PRESSING OF SILICON NITRIDE AND SILICON CARBIDE IN NITROGEN PRODUCES STRUCTURAL CERAMICS WITH STRENGTH MORE THAN 20% ABOVE NORMAL HOT PRESSED STRUCTURES.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: H. dean batha, ph.d. , DIVISION MANAGER/EMTL
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Hot isostatic pressing of silicon nitride and silicon carbide in nitrogen produces structural ceramics with strength more than 20% above normal hot pressed structures. the mechanism of strengthening by this method is not understood. examination of the structure of the bodies indicate the presence of… More

COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1983 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James e. sheehan , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $48,000.00
Abstract:
Carbon-carbon composites are important high temperature structural materials. broadening the use of carbon-carbon materials in oxidizing environments requires the developmentof thin crack-free oxidation-resistant coatings for high- strength composite substrates. the primary objective of thisprogram… More

A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CHEMICAL AGENT FILTERS IS THE RESISTENCE TO AIR PERMEABILITY, OR BREATHABILITY.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John w. herrick
Award Amount: $46,184.00
Abstract:
A major problem with currently available chemical agent filters is the resistence to air permeability, or breathability. this resistance is due to the relatively dense packing of activated carbon material to absorb the toxic chemical vapors. a program is proposed to develop activated carbon fiber… More

THIS IS PHASE I OF A PROGRAM TO DEVELOP AND EVALUATE NOVEL 4D COMPOSITES CONTAINING NON-ORTHOGONAL FIBER ORIENTATION.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John w. herrick , INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $49,986.00
Abstract:
This is phase i of a program to develop and evaluate novel 4d composites containing non-orthogonal fiber orientation. a 4d composite will be designed and fabricated with in-plane fiber angles of 0 degrees/ 60 degrees plus a low concentration of through-the-thickness fibers. this construction should… More

HYBRID FIBER CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES FOR IMPROVED COMPATIBILITY WITH OXIDATION RESISTANT COATINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence E. Mcallister
Award Amount: $49,860.00

CERAMIC FIBER/CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1984 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: M.k. Cox , Investigator
Award Amount: $49,826.00

HYBRID FIBER CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES FOR IMPROVED COMPATIBILITY WITH OXIDATION RESISTANT COATINGS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lawrence E. Mcallister
Award Amount: $397,917.00
Abstract:
Carbon-carbon composites are useful high temperature structural materials opportunities exist for their use in hot, oxidizing environments, but protection systems have to be developed to prevent oxidation which poses a serious problem above 400 degree c. conventional oxidation resistant coating… More

NUCLEAR EFFECTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Robert l burns
Award Amount: $49,478.00
Abstract:
Protection of exoatmospheric systems and structures from nuclear effects is required. the material candidate for this type of protection is a carbon-carbon composite for structural integrity and tungsten carbide component for nuclear hardening. the carbon-carbon combines a high strength-to-weight… More

HEAT RATE EFFECTS ON THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PHENOLICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Louis Lander
Award Amount: $49,898.00

COMPENDIUM OF HEATSHIELD MATERIAL PROPERTY DATA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lou Lander
Award Amount: $49,926.00

HIGH STRENGTH FIBROUS CARBON COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel C Nelson
Award Amount: $49,887.00

HIGH STRENGTH FIBROUS CARBON COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel C Nelson
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
The development of a new material termed "fibrous carbon" is proposed. this material is formed by the plasticization and compaction of stabilized polyacrylonitrile fibers followed by pyrolysis. previous work has shown good translation of axial fiber properties into the fibrous carbon. this proposal… More

CERAMIC FIBER/CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: M.k. Cox , Investigator
Award Amount: $471,164.00
Abstract:
A durable, lightweight, reusable material is required for thermal protection of atmospheric systems and exo-atmospheric vehicles. this project is directed towards 3-dimensionally (cartesian) woven constructions of nextel 312 and nicalon fibers impregnated with a polycarbosilane resin. following… More

COMPENDIUM OF HEATSHIELD MATERIAL PROPERTY DATA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lou Lander
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
A substantial amount of thermal protection system (tps) material can be removed by ablative and mechanical erosion. this can cause catastrophic failure or stability and accuracy problems of reentry vehicles. the tps must be able to protect the substructure and internal components from damage… More

THE EXCELLENT PROPERTIES OF CARBON-CARBON (C/C) COMPOSITES MAKE THESE MATERIALS PRIME CANDIDATES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE RESISTANT STRUCTURES ON ADVANCED MISSILES.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: John w herrick
Award Amount: $49,988.00
Abstract:
The excellent properties of carbon-carbon (c/c) composites make these materials prime candidates for high temperature resistant structures on advanced missiles. however, c/c components must be joined together to produce a final structure. the use of adhesive bonding and metallic fasteners is not… More

HEAT RATE EFFECTS ON THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PHENOLICS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Louis Lander
Award Amount: $200,000.00
Abstract:
A definition of the influence of heating rate on the mechanical and thermal properties of phenolic composites used in rocket motor components is required. in order to accomplish this goal, it is necessary to first define the indepth time-temperature response of these phenolic components subjected to… More

COMPARISON AND EVALUATION OF GAS ANALYZERS AS IN-PROCESS SENSORS FOR THE INTELLIGENT PROCESSING OF CARBON/CARBON COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James c feduska
Award Amount: $49,886.00
Abstract:
Carbon/carbon composites are high strength materials which will be increasingly used in advanced aerospace and defense systems. as material performance requirements become more stringent, the current process control methods will become inadequate and manufacturing variabilities will impact on system… More

DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH STRENGTH CARBON FIBER/CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: M k marshall
Award Amount: $49,966.00
Abstract:
Carbon-carbon composites are attractive materials for high temperature applications because they are lightweight and retain strength at high temperatures. however, these composites become severely oxidized above 700 deg f in air or an oxidizing environment. previous research at fmi indicates that… More

High-Strength Piezoceramic Fibers for Smart Adaptive Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Shirley Darrah, Phd
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
This program on high-strength piezocermaic fibers probes a critical gap in the technology of smart materials which interconvert electrical and mechanical energy. Strong piezoceramic fibers that can function as load bearing members in structures and survive the large mechanical strains encountered in… More

Truss Member Fabrication Using In-Situ Thermoplastic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Biddle
Award Amount: $48,954.00
Abstract:
To continue the development of low cost carbon composite material, this program is intended to demonstrate the ability to fabricate net shape tubular space truss components using co-braided carbon and thermoplastic (PEEK) yarns. The thermoplastic yarn, when processed through an autoclave cure using… More

2400K GAS SAMPLE CELL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen A. Michaud
Award Amount: $47,183.00

DEVELOPMENT OF SMART MATERIAL STRUCTURES WITH PIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Shirley Darrah
Award Amount: $49,561.00

EMBEDDED PAVEMENT STRESS SENSORS CONTAINING PIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Shirley D Darrah Phd , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $49,832.00

2400K GAS SAMPLE CELL

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Stephen A. Michaud
Award Amount: $708,200.00
Abstract:
A phase i feasibility study is proposed for the development of a 2400 degree kelvin gas sample cell which is capable of simulating the combu stion products of hydrogen-air scramjet propulsion system at presures from 0.5 to 2.0 atmospheres, flows from 0 to 1.0 standard liters permi nute, and a cell… More

DEVELOPMENT OF SMART MATERIAL STRUCTURES WITH PIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Shirley Darrah
Award Amount: $614,855.00
Abstract:
Fiber materials, inc. (fmi) proposes a program to develop a new class of smart materials which have the capability of sensing environmental change and responding to it in a desired manner. piezoelectric sensors and actuators will be coupled electrically to form the smart material structure. a new… More

Development of Activated Carbon Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: John W. Herrick
Award Amount: $49,766.00
Abstract:
High surface area, super adsorbent activated carbon fibers are potentially an excellent adsorptive material for chemical protective uniforms. However, these fibers are not currently available from a domestic source. A Phase I program is proposed to demonstrate the feasibility of producing laboratory… More

CREEP RESISTANT YTTRIUM ALUMINUM GARNET (YAG) FIBERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Paul Chayka
Award Amount: $53,052.00
Abstract:
Tion that develops it.

Lightweight, Oxidation Resistant, High-Temperature Composite Thrusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Clifford F. Baker
Award Amount: $48,136.00

Lightweight Ceramic Ablators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Louis L. Lander
Award Amount: $69,953.00

EMBEDDED PAVEMENT STRESS SENSORS CONTAINING PIEZOELECTRIC COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Shirley D Darrah Phd , Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $508,012.00
Abstract:
Fiber materials, inc. (fmi) proposes sensors which can be embedded in pavement to measure stress and strain from trucks passing over at speeds up to 60 mph. these simple, durable sensors will be made from piezoelectric composites which act as passive sensors and develop a charge proportional to the… More

Lightweight Ceramic Ablators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Louis L. Lander
Award Amount: $599,424.00
Abstract:
Future atmospheric entry vehicles will require thermal protection materials/systems that are more durable, lower weight, combined with highly efficient protection from atmospheric heating. One low density material concept has been found to exhibit good ablation and in-depth thermal response under… More

Ultra Lightweight/High Performance Structural PEM Fuel Cell Electrodes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,327.00
Abstract:
This program will demonstrate the fabrication of ultra lightweight/high performance composite annular electrodes incorporating the reliability, via strength and toughness, necessary to facilitate efficient, simple assembly of low cost PEM fuel cells for lightweight extended duty cycle portable power… More

Low-Cost, High Temperature Rocket Nozzle Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Clifford F. Baker , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Low Cost, High Conductivity Plasma Facing Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Clifford F. Baker
Award Amount: $74,934.00

Development of Carbon Products from the Waste Stream of the Super Critical Deashing Process in Coal Liquefaction

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr. Robert L. Burns , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
96 Development of Carbon Products from the Waste Stream of the Super Critical Deashing Process in Coal Liquefaction--Fiber Materials, Inc., 5 Morin Street, Biddeford, ME 04005-4414; (207) 282-5911 Mr. Clifford Baker, Principal Investigator Mr. David R. Audie, Business Official DOE Grant No.… More

Low-Cost Fabrication of Multi-Use, Multi-D, Carbon-Carbon Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Meiler
Award Amount: $69,928.00

Low-Cost Carbon Phenolic Composites For Reentry Body Heatshields

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Meiler
Award Amount: $69,839.00
Abstract:
Not Available The Navy has a requirement for remotely powering UAV's to permit prolonged duration missions; and to eliminate the requirement for tethering during near-ship operations. A capability to power UAV's by beaming millimeter-wave power from a transmitter to the UAV, and converting the… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Muller
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Not Available The thermodynamic state of the cryogenic fluid in a storage and supply system cannot readily be determined using closed-form solutions or simple iterative techniques. Detailed knowledge of the heat energy into and out of the system, fluid inflow and outfl

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Muller
Award Amount: $650,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Leslie A. Cohen
Award Amount: $91,304.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Keith Meiler
Award Amount: $97,459.00

Low Cost Fabrication of THAAD Heatshields Using Placed Fiber Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Stephen Michaud, Program Engineer
Award Amount: $64,948.00
Abstract:
A program is proposed to investigate and demonstrate an innovative, low cost approach to the production of quartz/phenolic (Q/P) heatshields such as those presently used on the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System. These heatshields arecurrently fabricated with a tape wrap process… More

Innovative Manufacturing Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leslie A. Cohen, Manager, Program Manageme
Award Amount: $69,253.00
Abstract:
"Carbon-Carbon (C-C) materials required for aerospace and missile applications are presently limited by cost, excessive production cycle duration, and furnace size limitations. The ability to shorten the iterative carbon densification process by using veryhigh char (carbon yield) resins will reduce… More

Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACs) Thruster Non-Destructive Examination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leslie A. Cohen, Manager, Program Manageme
Award Amount: $69,593.00
Abstract:
"This proposal recommends a program to evaluate non-destructive testing (NDE) methods for DACs ceramic composite thruster nozzles. The test methods are to be "go-no/go" tests to verify that the thruster condition prior to or immediately after installationis equal to that upon completion of… More

Vibration Control of Optical Components in Missile Guidence Systems using PZT Fiber Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leslie Cohen, Manager, Progrm Mngmt Div
Award Amount: $69,028.00
Abstract:
"The proposed program will investigate the feasibility and benefits of an efficient piezoelectric (PZT) vibration control system for electrical/optical guidance component mounts in seeker missiles. The Phase I objective will investigate a through thicknessPZT rod/fiber architecture for composite… More

HfB2-filled Braided C/SiC Nozzles for High Performance DACS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ralph Langensiepen, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $69,961.00
Abstract:
"FMI has recently demonstrated that light weight, potentially low cost carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide ceramic matrix composites can survive simulated DACS environments under 3700F propellant testing. Higher temperature capabilities are sought toattain performance advantages afforded by… More

Lightweight C/SiC Lined Carbon Foam Kick Motor Nozzle for Kill Vehicle Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Raph Langensiepen, Engineering Manager
Award Amount: $69,655.00
Abstract:
"FMI proposes to examine the potential of a C/SiC composite low erosion throat/exit cone that makes use of carbon foam as a support and insulation structure. This basic concept has been forwarded by Opeka and by Buesking et al., where a strong, lowconductivity carbon foam insulator supports a high… More

Development of Integrated Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert L. Burns, Manager
Award Amount: $69,350.00
Abstract:
"A program is proposed to demonstrate the feasibility of an integrated composite missile airframe structure applicable to defensive interceptors. Integrated composite structures offer significant design features for reducing costs of missile airframecomponents. In addition, an integrated composite… More

Investigation of Placed Fiber Fabrication Process for Manufacture of Integrated Structures for Interceptor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Stephen A. Michaud, Program Engineer
Award Amount: $69,953.00
Abstract:
"A program is proposed to investigate and demonstrate an innovative approach to the production of integrated structures for interceptor applications such as the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System. Currently, the THAAD shroud consists of atape wrapped quartz/phenolic (Q/P) heatshield… More

Fiber Optic Cables and Connectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brock Gilbertson, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,205.00
Abstract:
"Burn-through of the cables used in the Integrated Defense Electronics Countermeasures (IDECM) ALE-55 Fiber Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD) system as installed on the F/A-18E/F precludes successful operation of the FOTD. The currently used organic fibers do notretain their strength when exposed to the… More

Vibration Control of Optical Components in Missile Guidance Systems using PZT Fiber Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leslie Cohen, Mgr. Program Management D
Award Amount: $749,630.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II program will define, design, manufacture, and test an active PZT composite interceptor missile optical bench and electronic control system to dampen vibration in the optical guidance components. FMI will utilize design criteria fromcurrent interceptor missile programs such as… More

Development of Integrated Composite Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul L. Martin, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $947,557.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials, Inc. teamed with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company proposes to demonstrate a composite material system, fabricated utilizing co-processing technology for an integrated structure that can serve as a kill vehicle airframe.Current composite airframe technology uses a three-part… More

Novel Flame and Impact Resistant Foam Core

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Peter C. Sterling, Engineer
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Flame resistant lightweight, foam cored composites are needed for many Air Force applications including aircraft structures and portable personnel protective barriers. FMI proposes to fulfill this need by development of an innovative composite structurethat will incorporate fire resistant resin and… More

Characterization and Reduction of Vibration and Shock for an Integrated Composite Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin N. Dwyer, Engineer
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI) teamed with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) proposes an engineering evaluation of airframe materials and composite constructions to analytically assess the anticipated fundamental natural frequency of co-processedinterceptor missile airframe structures, and… More

Common Aero Vehicle Payload and Avionics Isolation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brock Gilbertson, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,260.00
Abstract:
FMI proposes to develop an enabling technology for the Air Force's Common Aero Vehicle. This is comprised of an improved thermal insulation system for the exterior of the vehicle based on the goals of performance, cost, and weight. FMI will integrate theresults of recent and ongoing Air Force… More

Advanced Divert and Attitude Control System Materials for Liquid/Gel DACS Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,955.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) teamed with Aerojet proposes to investigate and demonstrate novel composite material concepts and approaches for higher performance liquid/gel divert and attitude control (DACS) system components. This program will investigatethe feasibility and demonstrate the… More

Innovative Tactical Vehicle Structures Utilizing Advanced Composite Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Dwyer, Engineer
Award Amount: $69,671.00
Abstract:
The proposed effort will develop a lightweight composite frame for Military vehicles. The goal is to exhibit equal or better performance than current lightweight steel frames, but with reduced weight. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) will research and selectthe most suitable PMC for use in a vehicle… More

Advanced Divert and Attitude Control Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,982.00
Abstract:
This program proposes to investigate and demonstrate novel composite material concepts and approaches for advanced solid propellant divert and attitude control (DACS) system components. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) teamed with Aerojet propose to investigatethe feasibility and demonstrate the… More

Innovative Manufacturing Processes - THAAD Midbody & Booster TPS Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Martin, Manager, Program Mgt. Div
Award Amount: $747,817.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI), in partnership with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC), proposes to develop innovative, reduced weight and cost, thermal protection systems for the THAAD mid-body and booster based on the placed fiber fabrication process. Placed fiber is a manufacturing… More

Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACs) Thruster Non-Destructive Examination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Stephen A. Michaud, Engineer
Award Amount: $749,711.00
Abstract:
The behavior of flaw growth in hetrogeneous materials such as reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) is not well understood. The use of CMC materials for thin wall components such as interceptor directional control thrusters offer significant advantages in cost and weight reduction over… More

HfB2-filled Braided C/SiC Nozzles for High Performance DACS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ralph Langensiepen, Manager - Materials Engin
Award Amount: $749,790.00
Abstract:
The primary goal of the proposed Phase II effort will be to demonstrate materials and processes necessary to reliably produce a viable high temperature DACS thruster via the enhancement of the baseline C/SiC composite with hafnium diboride matrix doping. The viability of the resulting prototype CMC… More

Common Aero Vehicle Acreage Thermal Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Brock Gilbertson
Award Amount: $742,114.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials Inc. teamed with Boeing Corporation propose to design and manufacture representative Common Aero-Vehicle (CAV) acreage TPS sections that will satisfactorily fulfill the currently planned trajectory for the global reach vehicle. The TPS sections will include the aero-shell surface… More

Advanced Divert and Attitude Control Materials, Attitude Control System (ACS) Thruster Body Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Program Manager
Award Amount: $749,972.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI), teamed with Aerojet, proposes to demonstrate a low cost material concept applicable to the SM-3 ACS. The material, a 4-dimensionally reinforced carbon-carbon containing silicon carbide to eliminate oxidation and erosion, will offer significant benefits in comparison to… More

Advanced Divert and Attitude Control System Materials for Liquid/Gel DACS Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,983.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials, Inc., teamed with Aerojet and Plasma Processes, Inc., will complete the design and development leading to fabrication and demonstration of a ceramic matrix composite thrust chamber and requisite joining technologies for an advanced liquid/gel divert and attitude control (LDACS)… More

Advanced Composites for Ammunition Protection and Crew Survivability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Stephen Michaud, Program Engineer
Award Amount: $69,921.00
Abstract:
Battlefield vehicles such as the Interim Armored Vehicle (IAV) and Future Combat Systems (FCS) carry high energy, large caliber munitions into combat. The munitions are stowed in a rack within the vehicle and are susceptible to burning, detonation, and explosion when impacted by spall fragments… More

Bore Insulator Materials for a Naval Electromagnetic Launcher

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Stan Farrell, Engineer
Award Amount: $69,981.00
Abstract:
Electromagnetic rail launchers are being designed for future long range naval surface fire support. These projectile launchers operate due to the interaction between the magnetic field and current flow between parallel conductive rails. An electric current accelerates a projectile down the barrel at… More

Efficient Low-Cost Ceramic Grade Nicalon Textile Sizing for High-Temperature Polymer Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan D. Thomas, Application Development Manager
Award Amount: $79,964.00
Abstract:
High temperature polymer matrix composites (PMC's) offer significant advantages for military engine and airframe applications through reduced weight and improved stiffness over comparable metal components and structures. Sizing supplied on silcon carbide fiber is not thermally stable at high… More

Development of Durable, Fiber-Reinforced Refractory Composites for Thermal Protection Systems (TPSs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Alan Thomas, Applications Development Manager
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
Next-generation endo/exoatmospheric hypersonic vehicles require durable thermal protection systems (TPSs) for leading edges, control surfaces and skin acreage that are resistant to impact damage. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) proposes a multidirectional fiber reinforced C/C-SiC TPS that demonstrates… More

Design Development of an Advanced Composite Interceptor Nosecone for KEI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul L. Martin, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
The proposed nosecone development effort will investigate application of the following component technologies to a ground base interceptor deployable nosecone for KEI: [1] an advanced ceramic resin matrix for the thermal protection system, [2] a low-shock nosecone separation system, [3] a… More

Multi-Dimensional Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composite Application to Advanced Pintle Operated DACS Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
This program proposes to investigate and demonstrate novel composite material concepts for advanced divert and attitude control solid propulsion systems. Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) teamed with ATK Elkton LLC, proposes to develop multi-directional reinforced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) material… More

Integrated Missile Harness-Fairing Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Martin, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,903.00
Abstract:
A need exists for a state-of-the-art electrical interconnection assembly that will simplify missile manufacture and assembly at a reduced cost relative to current methods. It should provide thermal protection, facilitate internal individual EMI shielding from each bundle type as well as external… More

Integrated Advanced Monopropellant CMC Thruster / Thermal Stand-Off Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ralph A. Langensiepen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $68,463.00
Abstract:
High performance non-toxic monopropellants offer significant benefits relative to the current state-of-the-art. The benefits of these advanced monopropellants (AMP) include improved safety, a 50% reduction in density, and a 20% improvement in specific impulse (ISP). AMP propulsion represents a… More

Advanced Thermal Protection Systems (ATPS), Aerospace Grade Carbon Bonded Carbon Fiber Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,977.00
Abstract:
Carbon bonded carbon fiber (CBCF) insulating material is the basis for several highly successful NASA developed thermal protection systems (TPS). Among the innovative TPS are Genesis, PICA (phenolic impregnated carbonaceous ablator) currently employed on the Stardust Mission and TUFROC (Toughened… More

Development of Durable, Fiber-Reinforced Refractory Composites for Thermal Protection Systems (TPSs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Benjamin N. Dwyer, Engineer/Scientist
Award Amount: $749,915.00
Abstract:
Next-generation endo/exoatmospheric hypersonic vehicles require durable thermal protection systems (TPSs) for leading edges, control surfaces and skin acreage that are resistant to impact damage. Multilayered material systems are in development to meet the TPS aero-thermal and mechanical attachment… More

Development and Demonstration of an Advanced Composite Interceptor Nosecone for KEI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Martin, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,841.00
Abstract:
This SBIR effort will develop, design and fabricate an advanced composite Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) nosecone assembly which features a low-mass configuration, non-ablating thermal protection system and low-shock deployment system. This nosecone assembly will be designed to operate in the… More

Development of an Integrated Composite Raceway and Missile Harness-Fairing Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin N. Dwyer, Engineer
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The current state of the art for routing electrical power and signal between missile defense booster inter-stages relies on post-missile assembly manual cable routing which is labor intensive, high cost, and prone to error. As interceptor technology continues to evolve, the requirement is for… More

Advanced Thermal Protection Systems (ATPS), Aerospace Grade Carbon Bonded Carbon Fiber Material

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Roberts, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,981.00
Abstract:
Carbon bonded carbon fiber (CBCF) insulating material is the basis for several highly successful NASA developed thermal protection systems (TPS). Included among these innovative TPS are: PICA, (phenolic impregnated carbonaceous ablator), TUFROC (Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Reinforced… More

Effects of Defects in Ceramic Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Alan D. Thomas, Manager, Applications Dev
Award Amount: $79,981.00
Abstract:
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and other military platforms are considering ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for engine applications due to their potential for weight reduction and high temperature capability. The highly heterogeneous nature of fiber reinforced composites and their inherent porous… More

Advanced CMC Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Divert and Attitude Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) teamed with Aerojet Sacramento proposes to advance low cost, non-eroding material systems based on carbon fiber reinforced carbon silicon carbide (C-SiC) to high performance divert and attitude control system (DACS) components for the SM-3 TDACS application. In addition… More

Miniaturized CMC Propulsion System Components for Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Project Manager
Award Amount: $99,975.00
Abstract:
Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) Systems, in near-term deployment, offer a single kill opportunity per vehicle. The growing sophistication of threat countermeasures and target discernment are addressed by the Miniature Kill Vehicle (MKV) interceptor system. Enabling technologies including… More

Advanced CMC Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Divert and Attitude Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Keith Meiler, Program Manager
Award Amount: $985,432.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase II effort will complete the development, design, fabrication and hot gas evaluation of unitary, net-shape braided throttleable divert and attitude control system (TDACS) components. The program will demonstrate a low cost, thermally-stable, triaxially braided C-SiC integrated… More

Nanoporous Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aircraft Structural Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Dwyer, Senior Scientist/Engineer
Award Amount: $79,994.00
Abstract:
The need exists for a low-density and low-conductivity spray-in-place thermal barrier coating for application to aluminum and composite aircraft surfaces. Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMIr) has a family of commercial thermal barrier systems, designated FlexFramT, which are TRL9/MRL10 Navy-qualified… More

High Temperature, High Stress GPS Antenna Window

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Timothy Kostar, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $69,978.00
Abstract:
The development of guided munitions offers interesting challenges in system, component, and materials design. Indeed, system requirements drive component requirements which, in turn, drive material requirements. A prime example of this linkage may be seen in the component of focus for this… More

Multi-Layered Integrated Airframe System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin N. Dwyer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,927.00
Abstract:
NASA has a need to develop higher performance ablative thermal protection systems (TPS) than is currently available for future exploration of our solar system's inner and outer planets. Potential missions for these new and/or improved TPS materials include Mars Entry, Descent & Landing, and Mars… More

Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) Gap Filler for Heat Shield Assemblies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Steven M. Violette, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,149.00
Abstract:
During this program Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMIREG) will develop practical methods for preparing Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) materials for joining thermal protection system (TPS) segments and penetrations of the heat shield assembly. Current and future mission flight environments and… More

Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) Gap Filler for Heat Shield Assemblies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven Violette, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,910.00
Abstract:
During this program, Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI) will develop practical methods for preparing Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) materials for joining thermal protection system segments and penetrations of the heat shield assembly. Current and future mission flight environments and designs,… More

Multi-Layered Integrated Airframe System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin N. Dwyer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,904.00
Abstract:
This proposed Phase II program builds on the Phase I effort addressing NASA's future mission requirements by: 1) developing higher performing TPS materials capable of meeting the demands of multiple severe mission trajectories; and 2) integrating TPS materials with the sub-structure to improve… More

Graded Density Carbon Bonded Carbon Fiber (CBCF) Preforms for Lightweight Ablative Thermal Protection Systems (TPS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven M. Violette, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
FMI currently manufactures Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA) material for Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) systems, such as the Stardust Sample Return Capsule and the Mars Science Laboratory Aeroshell. FMI plans to further develop TPS in support of future sample return missions such as… More

Flexible Phenolic Impregnated Felt

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Keith R. Meiler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
During this program Fiber Materials, Inc. (FMI) will develop innovative yet practical methods for preparing Phenolic Impregnated Felt (PIF) materials for thermal protection system (TPS) segments and heat shield assemblies. Future mission flight environments and designs, such as those anticipated for… More

Integrated Composite Structure for EDL Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin N. Dwyer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
NASA has defined a need for higher performance ablative Thermal Protection System (TPS) materials for future exploration of our solar system's inner and outer planets than is currently available. Of particular interest are: 1) Materials with performance analogous to fully dense, heritage… More

Composite DACS Nozzle for Next Generation Interceptor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Keith Meiler, Program Manager – (207) 282-5911
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
Fiber Materials Inc. (FMI) has developed and delivered carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C-SiC) composite nozzles and thrust chambers for solid and liquid/gel fueled divert and attitude control systems (DACS) to Aerojet. The C-SiC material system has been validated with 3700 degrees F solid… More