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A Graded Density SiC Foam for Lightweight Optics

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56458
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
012547
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: A Graded Density SiC Foam for Lightweight Optics
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS5-01211
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Lightweight silicon carbide optics and structures are extremely important to explore the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. State-of-the-art SiC is too heavy, contains other phases which interfere with producing an acceptable optical surface and is anistropic causing distortions with temperature excursions. In this program a functionally graded density isotropic silicon carbide foam will be formed insitu with a unique high density isotropic SiC structure which has a skin of defect free silicon carbide that can be polished ultra-smooth. The functionally density graded isotropic SiC foam structure containing no other phases will be utilized to produce SiC optics with an areal density less than 1 kg/m2. Sample optics will be delivered to NASA.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. JC Withers
Principal Investigator
5205741980
jcwithers@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Raouf O. Loutfy
Business Official
5205741980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Research Cor
7960 S. Kolb Road Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No