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Company Information:

Company Name: Hyper-Therm High-Temperature Composites,
City: Huntington Beach
State: CA
Zip+4: 92648-1208
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (714) 375-4085

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,629,758.00 46
SBIR Phase II $12,006,559.00 20
STTR Phase I $299,996.00 3
STTR Phase II $1,349,998.00 2

Award List:

Development of Regeneratively Cooled C/SiC Composite Heat Exchangers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This project aims to develop nonpermeable thin-gauge carbon tubing with an integral radial carbon fiber brush on its outer surface for enhanced heat transfer. The carbon tubing is derived from polyimide tubing. The radial fiber structure is created by electrostatic flocking. Coatings to block… More

Low Cost C/C Divert Thrust Chambers Via Rapid, Forced Flow CVI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier
Award Amount: $34,397.00

High-Temperature, Oxidation-Resistant Fiber Coating for Toughened Ceramic-Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier
Award Amount: $48,671.00

Low-Cost C/SiC Liquid Propulsion Rocket Nozzles via Rapid, Forced Flow CVI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski
Award Amount: $58,029.00
Abstract:
Liquid rocket engine systems currently in development or being considered for future development will require a variety of liquid propulsion subsystems for axial, reaction control, target intercept, and auxiliary propulsion. Many of these proposed systems are critically dependent on the development… More

A MULTILAYER SILICON CARBIDE FIBER COATING FOR TOUGHENED, NEUTRON RADIATION-RESISTANT SILICON CARBIDE/SILICON CARBIDE COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert J Shinavski
Award Amount: $72,057.00

Low Cost C/C Divert Thrust Chambers Via Rapid, Forced Flow CVI

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier
Award Amount: $437,759.00
Abstract:
KENETIC ENERGY (KE) WEAPONS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT OR BEING CONSIDERED UNDER THE STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE (SDI) INCLUDE A VARIETY OF GROUND- AND SPACE-BASED INTERCEPTORS. MANY OF THESE PROPOSED SYSTEMS ARE CRITICALLY DEPENDENT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED LIGHT-WEIGHT, HIGH-TEMPERATURE… More

A MULTILAYER SILICON CARBIDE FIBER COATING FOR TOUGHENED, NEUTRON RADIATION-RESISTANT SILICON CARBIDE/SILICON CARBIDE COMPOSITES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Robert J Shinavski
Award Amount: $422,016.00
Abstract:
Silicon carbide (sic) has been identified as a promising material for fusion en4ergy applications because of its low activation, low decay heat, and outstanding high-temperature mechanical properties. continuous sic fiber-reinforced sic-matrix composites (sic/sic) are of particular interest because… More

Pseudo-Porous Zirconium Carbide Fiber Coating for Environmentally Durable Silicon Carbide/Silicon Carbide Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski
Award Amount: $68,955.00

Recrystallized Silicon-Nitride Fiber Coating For Toughened Ceramic-Matrix Composities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski , Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $68,229.00

Evaluation and Constitutive Modeling of Unidirectional Sic/Sic Composites with Engineered Sic Fiber Coatings Subjected to Neutron Irradiation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert J. Shinavski , Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $74,999.00

Wear-Resistant Nanostructural Composites for Hard-Target Ballistic Penetrators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert J. Shinavski
Award Amount: $98,341.00
Abstract:
Hard-target weapons currently in development or being considered by DoD include a variety of ground-, ship-, and air-based target penetrators. The lethality of many of these systems are critically dependent on the ability to maintain geometric stability of the penetrator. A refractory,… More

Nano-Layered Diboride Materials with Enhanced Hardness, Strength, and Toughness for Wear Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert J. Shinavski , Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $74,929.00
Abstract:
42 Nano-Layered Diboride Materials with Enhanced Hardness, Strength, and Toughness for Wear Applications--Hyper-Therm High-Temperature Composites, Inc., 18411 Gothard Street, Unit B, Huntington Beach, CA 92648-1208; (714) 375-4085 Dr. Robert J. Shinavski, Principal Investigator Mr. Wayne S.… More

Evaluation and Constitutive Modeling of Unidirectional Sic/Sic Composites with Engineered Sic Fiber Coatings Subjected to Neutron Irradiation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert J. Shinavski , Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $748,520.00
Abstract:
41224 Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites, Inc. Continuous silicon carbide (SiC) fiber-reinforced SiC-matrix composites (SiC/SiC) produced by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) have been identified as a promising material for fusion energy applications. Currently available fiber coatings such… More

High-Strength, Wear-Resistant Nanostructural Composites for Hard-Target Ballistic Penetrators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robert J. Shinavski
Award Amount: $497,552.00
Abstract:
Hard-target weapons currently in development or being considered by DoD include a variety of ground-, ship-, and air-based target penetrators. The lethality of many of these systems are critically dependent on the ability to maintain geometric stability of the penetrator. A refractory,… More

Miniature, Axisymmetric Nanolayered Ceramic Composite Liquid Rocket Thruster

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavskii, Ph.
Award Amount: $64,926.00
Abstract:
Low-cost microspacecraft systems being considered for future development will require a variety of mini- to micro-sized liquid propellant rocket engines for orbit insertion, planetary descent and ascent, reaction control, and precision station-keeping. Currently proposed miniature and… More

High Oxygen Affinity Doping of Boron Nitride Fiber Coatings for Tough, Durable SiC/SiC Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $69,696.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $313,542.00

Increased Matrix Cracking Strength in SiC/SiC Composites via Nanolayered SiC Matrix

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, PhD, Engineering Specialist
Award Amount: $69,980.00

Thick-Section, Lightweight CVI Silicon Carbide Matrix Composite Components via Reactive Joining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charlene F. Rusnak, Engineering Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,993.00

Enhanced Strength, Nanolayered SiC for Micro-Gas Turbine Portable Power Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski PhD
Award Amount: $69,622.00
Abstract:
Not Available The purpose of this proposal is to develop a portable and easy to learn suite of graphical decision aids for First Responders, to mitigate and respond to multiple hazard and threat incidents. Our experience as responders to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, and our involvement in… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Engineering Specialist -Mat'ls
Award Amount: $69,968.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Material Research Manager
Award Amount: $99,975.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charlene F. Rusnak, Engineering Program Manager
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charlene F. Rusnak, Engineering Program Manager
Award Amount: $523,397.00

Enhanced Strength, Nanolayered SiC for Micro-Gas Turbine Portable Power Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski
Award Amount: $597,992.00

Oxidation Resistant CVI-C/SiC Composites via Molecular Level Matrix Inhibition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Engineering Specialist -Mat'ls
Award Amount: $599,986.00
Abstract:
Carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) composites produced by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) are actively being developed for a variety of high-temperature aerospace applications. Although CVI-based C/SiC composites are a promising class of materials for structural applications demanding… More

Oxidation Resistant CVI-C/SiC Composites via Molecular Level Matrix Inhibition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Engineering Specialist -Mat'ls
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC) composites produced by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) are actively being developed for a variety of high-temperature aerospace applications. Although CVI-based C/SiC composites are a promising class of materials for structural applications demanding… More

Boron Carbide Matrix Composites for Aircraft Friction Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Materials Research Manage
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Next generation aircraft braking materials need to improve the minimum dynamic friction coefficient and volumetric heat capacity as compared with state-of-the-art carbon/carbon braking materials. These improvements will allow more compact, lighter weightbraking systems to be developed for future… More

Boron Carbide Matrix Composites for Aircraft Friction Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Materials Research Manage
Award Amount: $736,609.00
Abstract:
Next generation aircraft braking materials need to improve the minimum dynamic friction coefficient and volumetric heat capacity as compared with state-of-the-art carbon/carbon braking materials. These improvements will allow more compact, lighter weightbraking systems to be developed for future… More

Incorporation of Silicon Carbide in MEMS-Based Micro-Rocket Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski,, Materials Research Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Propulsion systems that provide high thrust to weight and minimal mass are necessary for the planned generation of nanospacecraft and nanosatellites. MEMS-based Micro-Rockets utilizing silicon semiconductor fabrication technologies are predicted to produce such high efficiency systems at a low unit… More

SiC Matrix Composite Rocket Thrust Chamber with Integrated SiC Foam Propellant Diffuser/Injector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, President and Technical D
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Liquid rocket engine systems currently in development or being considered for future development will require a variety of subsystems for axial, reaction control, target intercept, and auxiliary propulsion. Recent developments in fiber-reinforced ceramicmatrix composites and porous reticulated… More

Flight-Weight Manifolding for Actively-Cooled SiC/SiC Composite Thrust Chamber

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, President and CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Hyper-Therm recently demonstrated producing the world?s first actively-cooled, ceramic-matrix composite thrust chambers for liquid rocket propulsion systems. Using a near-net shape manufacturing technique, these monocoque components were fabricated with an annular array of internal cooling channel… More

Ultra-Hard Nanostructured Silicon Carbide for Deep-Hole Drilling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
72485S03-I The cost for deep-well, hard rock drilling is highly dependent on the number of drill trips down the hole necessitated by bit wear, bit failure, or required maintenance. These factors are particularly critical for drilling hard rock at significant depths, where drilling costs increase… More

High Strength, Nano-Grained Tungsten for Zero-Erosion Nozzle Throat Inserts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Materials Research Manage
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
Boost phase intercept missiles must be capable of rapidly and accurately intercepting a target. The solid rocket motors needed to achieve intercept during the boost phase require aluminized propellants operating at very high pressures to obtain thenecessary high thrust levels. This requirement… More

Ceramic Composite Lift Fan Clutch Plates with Improved Tribological Behavior

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Materials Research Progra
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
The STOVL version of the Joint Strike Fighter utilizes a clutch to engage the lift fan. The clutch plates must dissipate large amounts of frictional energy introduced at a very high rate during engagement. Current carbon/carbon clutch plate materials donot possess the desired range of static and… More

High-Performance Reticulated SiC Foam Injector for Liquid Rocket Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, President & Technical Dir
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Hydrocarbon-based fuels are being considered for reusable rocket engines because of high propellant density and high thrust-to-weight. Current developments are focusing on staged combustion cycles utilizing oxygen-rich preburners with liquid-liquidinjection. A need exists for advanced injectors with… More

SiC Matrix Composite Rocket Thrust Chamber with Integrated SiC Foam Propellant Diffuser/Injector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, President/CEO
Award Amount: $747,458.00
Abstract:
The feasibility of open-cell reticulated silicon carbide foam as a potential replacement for traditional metallic rocket combustion chamber injectors had been demonstrated in Phase I. Reticulated foams promise to: (1) increase injector performance by improving mixing efficiencies and combustion… More

High Strength, Nano-Grained Tungsten for Zero-Erosion Nozzle Throat Inserts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Materials Research Manage
Award Amount: $374,839.00
Abstract:
Zero erosion solid rocket nozzle materials are an enabling material for next generation solid rocket motors that are being designed to operate at higher temperatures and pressures and for longer burn times. High thrust solid rocket motors (SRMs) can be achieved by using aluminized propellants and… More

Low Cost Boron Carbide Ceramic Composites for Aircraft Brake Friction Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Materials Research Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Boron carbide matrix composites have been demonstrated to have superior heat capacity as well as a desirable fricion coefficient for application as the friction material in next generation military and commercial aircraft brake systems. Improvements in thermal conductivity and reduction in… More

Ceramic Composite Fuel Encapsulation in High Efficiency, Advanced Pebble-Bed Gas Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
75046-Generation IV nuclear energy technology must be cost competitive with natural gas power generation, safe to operate, resistant to nuclear proliferation, and generate minimal waste in a readily disposable form. Advanced pebble-bed reactors meet all of these requirements with one exception ¿… More

Si/SiC Hybrid Structures Technologies for Micropropulsion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: Anthony Favaloro
Abstract:
Propulsion systems that provide high power to weight and minimal mass are required for the planned generation of nanospacecraft and nanosatellites. Power-MEMS can provide a low cost, highly scalable production approach to small power systems as well as distributed power systems. However, to achieve… More

Affordable Low Dielectric Ceramic Composites with Improved Interlaminar Strength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, President & CEO
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Hot structures fabricated from ceramic composite materials are an attractive design option for certain components of future aerospace vehicles and propulsion systems to reduce weight and increase survivability. Certain fabric-laminated ceramic composite components suffer from low interlaminar… More

Low Cost Boron Carbide Ceramic Composites for Aircraft Brake Friction Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Materials Research Manage
Award Amount: $741,634.00
Abstract:
Boron carbide containing ceramic matrix composites have been demonstrated to have superior heat capacity as well as a desirable friction coefficient suitable for application as the friction material in next generation military and commercial aircraft brake systems. The Phase I effort identified a… More

Evaluation of Nuclear Grade SiC/SiC Composites for Control Rod Sheaths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
78702S Some Generation IV nuclear reactor designs call for employing high reactor core temeratures to improve the thermodynamic efficiency of the power generation and to efficiently produce process heat. Materials are required that are capable of sustaining temperatures approaching 1000¿C and also… More

Boron Nitride-Based Fiber Coatings for 3D Fiber-Reinforced Ceramic Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Materials Research Manager
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Hot structures fabricated from ceramic composites materials are being developed for future aerospace vehicles and propulsion systems to reduce weight and increase component lifetimes. Fabric-based ceramic composite components are vulnerable to delamination when the ceramic composite has a low… More

Low Cost 2D Laminated Ceramic Composites with Improved Interlaminar Strength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, President & CEO
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposed effort is to demonstrate a ceramic composite material having improved interlaminar properties over typical fabric laminates using a commercially available textile process. Affordable fiber preforms using multiple plies of woven CG-Nicalon fabric will be dry-laminated… More

Properties and Design of a Nuclear Grade SiC/SiC Control Rod Sheath for Generation IV Nuclear Plants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr.
Award Amount: $701,404.00
Abstract:
Some Generation IV nuclear reactor designs call for employing high reactor core temeratures to improve the thermodynamic efficiency of the power generation and to efficiently produce process heat. Materials are required that are capable of sustaining temperatures approaching 1000°C and also are… More

Affordable Low Dielectric Ceramic Composites with Improved Interlaminar Strength

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, President & CEO
Award Amount: $265,300.00
Abstract:
Hot structures fabricated from ceramic composite materials are an attractive design option for selected components of future aerospace vehicles and propulsion systems to reduce weight and increase survivability. Fabric-laminated ceramic composite components have been determined to suffer from low… More

Life Prediction of SiC/SiC Composites in Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,996.00
RI Contact: Michelle V. Buchanan
Abstract:
Some Generation IV nuclear reactor designs call for the employment of high reactor core temperatures, in order to improve the thermodynamic efficiency of the power generation and efficiently produce process heat. Materials are required that are capable of sustaining temperatures approaching 1000C… More

Advanced SiC-Matrix Composites with Improved Oxidation Resistance and Life

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
The objective of this proposed effort is to demonstrate the promise of advanced C/SiC and SiC/SiC composites having improved environmental durability and longer life at higher allowable stress levels without using problematic external barrier coatings. Both oxidation inhibited C/SiC and SiC/SiC… More

Low Conductivity SiC-Based Ceramic Composites for Fusion Blanket Flow Channel Inserts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Dual-coolant blanket designs, needed for magnetic fusion systems, require low electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity inserts that are compatible with the lead-lithium breeder/coolant. Silicon carbide fiber-reinforced silicon carbide composites have been shown to be compatible with… More

Ceramic Composite Mechanical Fastener System for High-Temperature Structural Assemblies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Hot structures fabricated from ceramic composite materials are an attractive design option for components of future high-speed aircraft, re-entry vehicles and propulsion systems to reduce weight and increase performance. One important detail in the design of such structures is that of joining and… More

Life Prediction of SiC/SiC Composites in Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr
Award Amount: $749,998.00
RI Contact: Michelle V. Buchanan
Abstract:
Some Generation IV nuclear reactor designs call for the employment of high reactor core temperatures, in order to improve the thermodynamic efficiency of the power generation and efficiently produce process heat. Materials are required that are capable of sustaining temperatures approaching 1000C… More

Innovative Approaches for Evaluating Interlaminar Tensile Strength of Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) at Elevated Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Tony Magaldi, Director of Structures
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Hot structures fabricated from CMCs are an attractive design option for specialized components of future military aerospace vehicles and propulsion systems to reduce weight and increase survivability. However, thermal-structural components fabricated from CMCs suffer from inadequate interlaminar… More

Durable, High Thermal Conductivity Melt Infiltrated Ceramic Composites for Turbine Engine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Durable, creep-resistant ceramic composites are necessary to meet the increased operating temperatures targeted for advanced turbine engines. Higher operating temperatures result in improved performance, fuel savings (higher efficiency) and reduced pollution. Silicon melt infiltrated ceramic… More

Low Erosion Ceramic Composite Liners for Improved Performance of Ablative Rocket Thrust Chambers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: California State University, Long Beach
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Advanced liquid rocket propulsion systems must achieve longer burn times without performance degradation to allow the lowest cost per kilogram access to space. Ablative thrust chambers have an extensive heritage and are the low cost approach to fabricating rocket thrust chambers. However, composite… More

Flight-Weight Ceramic Composite Monopropellant Rocket Thruster Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, President & CEO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Rocket thrusters based on hydroxyl-ammonium nitrate (HAN) monopropellants are of interest for Network Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE) missile axial and divert propulsion applications because of their inherent system simplicity, low toxicity, high specific impulse (~275s), and 50% greater… More

Ceramic Composite Mechanical Fastener System for High-Temperature Structural Assemblies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $598,566.00
Abstract:
Under Phase I, the feasibility of a novel thermal stress-free ceramic composite mechanical fastener system suitable for assembly of high-temperature composite structures was successfully demonstrated. The innovative 2-dimensional (2D) fastener design facilitates joining load-bearing hot structural… More

Low Conductivity SiC-Based Ceramic Composites for Fusion Blanket Flow Channel Inserts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Shinavski, Dr
Award Amount: $746,808.00
Abstract:
Dual-coolant blanket designs for fusion reactors currently under development benefit from flow channel inserts that possess low electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity. Such flow channel inserts will advance the state of fusion technology closer to producing continuous low cost,… More

Low Erosion Ceramic Composite Liners for Improved Performance of Ablative Rocket Thrust Chambers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: California St University, Long Beach
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
RI Contact: N/A
Abstract:
Advanced liquid rocket propulsion systems must achieve longer burn times without performance degradation to allow the lowest cost per kilogram access to space. Ablative thrust chambers have an extensive heritage and are the low cost approach to fabricating rocket thrust chambers. However, composite… More

Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Low Pressure Turbine (LPT) Blade Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tony Magaldi, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Although the turbine engine has revolutionized both military and commercial aircraft, future requirements for more capable, durable, and cost-effective aircraft systems can only be achieved through even greater advancement in propulsion capability. Necessary performance improvements for turbine… More

Flight-Weight Ceramic Composite Rocket Thruster Assembly

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wayne S. Steffier, President & CEO
Award Amount: $984,684.00
Abstract:
A flight-weight ceramic composite rocket thruster assembly was developed in Phase I for hot-fire evaluation. The objective of this Phase II effort is to further the development and optimization of composite thrusters and methods for attaching end-closures and injectors. In order to obtain… More

SiC Matrix Composites for High Temperature Hypersonic Vehicle Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Durable high temperature materials are required for hypersonic engine and structural thermal protection systems. In particular, 2700

High Efficiency SiC/SiC Composite Heat Exchanger Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wayne Steffier, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,187.00
Abstract:
Scramjet propulsion systems for future hypersonic aerospace vehicles will be subjected to heating rates far greater than current materials can manage. In order to sustain high thermal loading while preheating the fuel, regeneratively cooled hot flow path components fabricated from ceramic matrix… More

High-Temperature, Full-Field Strain Mapping of Ceramic Matrix Composites for Aero-Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Todd Engel, Mechanical Design Engineer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Continuous fiber-reinforced ceramics are an emerging class of materials that offer considerable potential for increasing weight-specific performance while reducing fuel consumption and enhancing the durability of advanced aero-turbine engines. The need for high-temperature, low-density materials is… More

Innovative Approach for Evaluating Interlaminar Tensile Strength of Ceramic Matrix Composites at Elevated Temperatures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Todd Engel, Mechanical Design Enginee – (714) 375-4085
Award Amount: $627,728.00
Abstract:
Hot structures fabricated from ceramic composite materials are an attractive design option for components of future high-speed aircraft and propulsion systems to reduce weight and increase performance. However, available ceramic composite components fabricated from laminated fiber preforms can… More

Design Validation of Gen IV Composite Control Rod Sheaths

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The purpose of this proposed effort is to further advance the state of technology for Nuclear Grade SiC/SiC to make these composites the primary choice for fabricating highly irradiated, high temperature (T>900

SiC Matrix Composites for High Temperature Hypersonic Vehicle Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $591,631.00
Abstract:
Durable high temperature materials are required for reusable hypersonic structural thermal protection systems. In particular, temperatures exceeding 2700ºF, and approaching 3000ºF, are targeted for capable structural materials that can survive stresses on the order of 10 ksi (70 MPa) for at… More

Novel Fabrication Approach for SiC/SiC Thermal Protection System Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Robert Shinavski, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Durable high temperature materials are required for structural thermal protection systems (TPS) that exhibit a structural load carrying capability at temperatures in excess of 2700ºF. Fabrication times and costs are challenging for high acreage applications such as a structural TPS system. This… More

Ceramic Matrix Composite Low Pressure Turbine Blade Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Todd Z. Engel, Mechanical Design Enginee – (714) 375-4085
Award Amount: $749,134.00
Abstract:
Although the turbine engine has revolutionized both military and commercial aircraft, future requirements for more capable, durable, and cost-effective aircraft systems can only be achieved through even greater advancement in propulsion capability. Necessary performance improvements for turbine… More

Ceramic Matrix Composites for Concentrating Solar Power Receivers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Todd Engel, Mr.
Award Amount: $148,857.00
Abstract:
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) offers significant potential as a clean an inexhaustible utility- scale energy source to meet ever-increasing global and domestic energy demands. Most CSP power generation concepts work by the optical concentration of sunlight to heat a working fluid, from which … More