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Company Information:

Company Name: Edward Pope Dr dba MATECH
City: Westlake Village
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (818) 991-8500

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $3,432,853.00 38
SBIR Phase II $15,332,854.00 22

Award List:

CERAMIC GEL ENCAPSULATION ISLETS FOR TREATING DIABETES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $94,300.00

Continuous SiC Matrix Composite Fabrication Using UV Curable Precursors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kratsch
Award Amount: $100,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kratsch
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kratsch
Award Amount: $399,999.00

SBIR Phase I: RT Photocurable Preceramic Polymers to Si3N4 Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate an innovative photo-curable "cure on demand" room temperature preceramic polymer approach for the fabrication of high yield silicon nitride (Si3N4) and Si3N4/SiC ceramics. No photo-curable preceramic polymer to silicon… More

Preceramic Polymers to HfCN Ceramic Fibers and Matrices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, President
Award Amount: $69,998.00
Abstract:
"In this BMDO Phase I SBIR Proposal, we propose to develop and further optimize preceramic polymers to hafnium carbide/nitride (HfCN) for CMC matrices and structural ceramic fibers. Hafnium carbide is the most refractory binary composition known, with amelting point of 3890oC. Hafnium nitride is… More

High Temperature Zero Erosion Ablative Combustion Liner

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth M. Kratsch, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"In this proposed MDA Phase I SBIR program, HfCN fused fiber mat is to be synthesized from preceramic polymer derived HfCN fibers and then impregnated with polyethylene to form a novel high temperature ablative combustion liner insulation required for>4000oF combustion temperatures in solid rocket… More

SBIR/STTR Phase II: "RT Photocurable Preceramic Polymers to Si3N4 Ceramics"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project will develop a program that will optimize poly (ethynyl) silazanes (PESZ) synthesis with an emphasis on improved efficiency and low production costs; will scale-up the production of PESZ polymers to pilot scale batch sizes; will optimize PESZ… More

SBIR/STTR Phase II: "RT Photocurable Preceramic Polymers to Si3N4 Ceramics"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project will develop a program that will optimize poly (ethynyl) silazanes (PESZ) synthesis with an emphasis on improved efficiency and low production costs; will scale-up the production of PESZ polymers to pilot scale batch sizes; will optimize PESZ… More

SiNC Ceramic Fibers for the IHPTET/VAATE Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth M. Kratsch, Vice President, Engineeri
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project seeks to demonstrate an innovative new UV curable preceramic polymer chemistry for the fabrication of high yield and high purity Si3N4 and Si3N4/SiC (SiNC) ceramic fibers for SiNC fiber/SiNCmatrix CMCs. These fibers, when combined with… More

SBIR/STTR Phase I:PHOTO-CURABLE SILICON OXYCARBIDE FIBER FOR DIESEL ENGINE PARTICULATE FILTERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop an innovative new ultraviolet (UV) curable pre-ceramic polymer chemistry for the fabrication of high yield and low cost silicon oxycarbide (SOC) fibers for diesel particulate filters and other applications. Silicon carbide… More

SBIR Phase II: Photo-Curable Silicon Oxycarbide Fiber for Diesel Engine Particulate Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will scale-up a manufacturing process for curable preceramic polymers in the fabrication of high yield and low cost Silicon Oxycarbide (SOC) fibers and bonded fiber mats for diesel engine particulate filters. In the Phase I effort, SOC fibers… More

SBIR Phase II: Photo-Curable Silicon Oxycarbide Fiber for Diesel Engine Particulate Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will scale-up a manufacturing process for curable preceramic polymers in the fabrication of high yield and low cost Silicon Oxycarbide (SOC) fibers and bonded fiber mats for diesel engine particulate filters. In the Phase I effort, SOC fibers… More

Preceramic Polymers to HfCN Ceramic Fibers and Matrices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase II MDA SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate HfCNf/HfCNm Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) for THAAD Axial Propulsion and Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS) applications. In our Phase I SBIR Program, we developed and optimized preceramic polymers to hafnium carbide/nitride (HfCN) for… More

High Temperature Zero Erosion Ablative Combustion Liner

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth M. Kratsch, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $747,889.00
Abstract:
This Phase II MDA SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate a new high temperature zero erosion ablative combustion liner technology that is based upon an organic ablative/ceramic fiber char composite structure. In this new architecture, the "char" phase is pre-engineered into the combustion liner. The… More

SiNC Ceramic Fibers for the JSF/VAATE Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, President
Award Amount: $749,964.00
Abstract:
In this proposed NAVAIR/JSF funded Phase II SBIR Program, MATECH will develop SiNC structural ceramic fibers for ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for ultimate use as components in the JSF/VAATE engine. These fibers are predominantly silicon nitride with 10 to 15 percent silicon carbide, mixed at the… More

TaC/TaC CMCs for Aluminized Propellant SRMs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, President
Award Amount: $99,771.00
Abstract:
In this proposed MDA Phase I SBIR Program, MATECH seeks to develop woven TaC ceramic fiber reinforced TaC matrix CMCs for aluminized propellant solid rocket motors (SRMs). Aluminized propellant SRMs constitute the most eroding environment when compared to non-aluminized SRMs and liquid SRMs. Both… More

Low Cost High Performance 3-D CMCs for Jet Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth M. Kratsch, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
In this Navy Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to model and fabricate low-cost, high performance three-dimensionally woven fiber reinforced CMCs for jet engine applications. We will attempt to design a weave that mimics 8HSW within the in-plane and also contains warp stuffer yarns, thereby… More

Low Cost Net-to-Shape Fiber Preforms for Complex-Shaped CMCs.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Heemann Yun, Director, CMC Development
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
As described in Navy SBIR Solicitation N05-096, there exists today a strong need for advanced preforming approaches to produce complex-shaped CMC cooled-turbine components for military engines. MATECH/GSM proposes to address this need by employing innovative low-cost preforming approaches using… More

Low Cost Si-BN interface Coatings for SiC/SiNC CMCs.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: HeeMann Yun, Director of CMC Development
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
MATECH GSM proposes to develop a low cost, uniform, reproducible Si-doped BN interface coating process for 3-D and 2-D woven ceramic fiber preforms. Using MATECH's new Reactive Transformation Process (RTP), Si-doped BN interface coatings will be demonstrated on woven SiC ceramic fiber performs… More

Non-Ablative 5000F MKV Divert Valve Insulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kennneth M. Kratsch, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this MDA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to fabricate a non-ablative insulator that can withstand temperatures in excess of 5,000 degrees F. MATECH will use its low cost melt-blown "Net-to-Shape" process and new polymer chemistry to zirconium oxycarbide (ZrOC). This is similar in all… More

Low Cost HfC(f)/HfC(m) CMC DACS Thrusters for THAAD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dino Militello, VP, Operations
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this MDA Phase I proposal, MATECH/GSM proposes to demonstrate fabrication of low cost HfC(f)/HfC(m) CMC's suitable for insertion into DACS Thrusters for THAAD. MATECH has brought in key propulsion contractors, Lockheed Martin and Boeing Rocketdyne and have enlisted the support of an established… More

Low Cost High Performance 3-D CMCs for Jet Engine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kratsch, Vice President
Award Amount: $257,469.00
Abstract:
This Phase II NAVAIR SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate the real CMC component fabricability and scale-ability for JSF flaps and seals using the MATECH GSM (MG)-developed and optimized low-cost SiNC polymers / PIP processes and using the MG optimized and also project-office recommended high… More

Weaveable HfC Structural Fiber Development and Scale-Up

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this MDA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to further develop and scale-up HfC structural ceramic fiber to a level suitable for low rate initial production (LRIP) of HfC ceramic fiber tow during the Phase II program for weaving and structural CMC fabrication. The resulting UHT CMCs for… More

Solid Rocket Motor Nozzles Made From Tantalum Carbide Continuous Fiber Composites for Boost Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this proposed Air Force Phase I SBIR Program, MATECH/GSM seeks to develop woven TaC ceramic fiber reinforced TaC matrix CMCs for aluminized propellant solid rocket motors (SRMs). An example system that could benefit from TaC/TaC CMCs is the Quad Axial Pintle motor being developed by our partner… More

Non-Ablative 5000F MKV Divert Valve Insulator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kratsch, VP, Engineering
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase II MDA SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate a new high temperature non-ablative 5000F MKV divert valve insulator. ATK (Elkton, MD)is designing the MKV Divert Valve and has experienced unacceptable charring and collapse of the silica/phenolic composite insulator that supports the rhenium… More

Manufacturing of CMC Combustor Liners for Gas Turbine Generators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In official projections by General Electric, it was predicted that the use of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) could dramatically improve the thermodynamic efficiency of gas turbine generators, saving 300 billion BTU a year in natural gas (a $1.3 billion dollars savings for utility customers). … More

Low Cost, Domestically Sourced SiC Ceramic Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this Air Force Phase I SBIR proposal, MATECH/GSM proposes to develop a manufacturing process for the production of low-cost stoichiometric SiC fibers for use in advanced missile components. The objectives of this proposal are to develop a manufacturing base for low cost, high volume, entirely… More

Low Cost Net-to-Shape Fiber Preforms for Complex-Shaped CMCs.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: HeeMann Yun, Director, CMC Engineering
Award Amount: $708,495.00
Abstract:
This Phase II NAVAIR SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate the real CMC component fabricability and scale-ability for complex shaped JSF turbine engine components such as a blade, vane, and/or shroud, using the MATECH GSM (MG)-developed low-cost "Net-to-Shape"TM SiNC fiber pre-forming techniques. MG… More

High specific-strength C-Zr(O)C / C-ablator TPS for CEV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: HeeMann A. Yun, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
This Phase I NASA SBIR Proposal seeks to demonstrate a new zero-erosion ablative thermal protection system (TPS) technology that is based upon an ultra-high temperature (UHT) ceramic fiber pre-form / organic ablative matrix composite structure. In this TPS material concept, the "char" phase is… More

Solid Rocket Motor Nozzles Made From Tantalum Carbide Continuous Fiber Composites for Boost Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
This Air Force Phase II SBIR program seeks to further develop the first tantalum carbide (TaC) structural ceramic fiber for TaC(f)/TaC(m) CMCs for use in aluminized propellant solid rocket motor (SRM) applications. TaC has been identified as the best performing ceramic composition for aluminized… More

Weaveable HfC Structural Fiber Development and Scale-Up

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
This MDA Phase II SBIR program seeks to further develop the first HfC structural ceramic fiber for HfC(f)/HfC(m) CMC fabrication. MATECH/GSM proposes to scale-up HfC structural ceramic fiber to a level suitable for low rate initial production (LRIP) of 500 filament HfC ceramic fiber tow during the… More

Low Cost Si-BN interface Coatings for SiC/SiNC CMCs.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: HeeMann Yun, Director, CMC Engineering
Award Amount: $249,104.00
Abstract:
This Phase II NAVAIR SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate the Reactive Transformation Process (RTP) as an alternative innovative new class of interfacial coating method (to the conventional CVI) for 2-D woven, 3-D woven, and/or non-woven muti-dimensional ceramic fiber pre-forms in JSF turbine engine… More

Manufacturing of CMC Combustor Liners for Gas Turbine Generators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Edward A. Pope, Dr
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The use of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) would permit higher efficiency power generation for the stationary gas turbine engines used in electricity production. However, current CMC systems do not meet the long cycle life requirements (greater than100,000 hours). This project will develop and… More

Lightweight, Low Cost, Hybrid Matrix Composites (HMCs) for Solid Rocket Motor Cases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This proposed Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Project seeks to demonstrate a new class of composite materials, called Hybrid Matrix Composites (HMCs), designed to operate in the 600 to 1200F temperature range, for Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) cases for future ballistic and… More

Low Cost >5000F ZrOC Based Miniature Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Steve Kirkwood, Director, Product Manufacturing
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
In this proposed MDA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to demonstrate its newly developed ZrOC fibrous 5000F structural TPS for DACS components to be used in missile defense, such as MKV, SM-3 block-2, and AKV (Agile Kill Vehicle). Prototype components will be fabricated and tested under… More

Low Cost, Domestically Sourced SiC Ceramic Fibers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, President
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
In this Air Force Phase II SBIR proposal, MATECH/GSM proposes to continue the development of a manufacturing process for the production of low-cost, stoichiometric SiC fibers for use in advanced missile components. The objectives of this proposal are to develop a manufacturing base for low cost,… More

High Specific-Strength C-Zr(O)C / C-Ablator TPS for CEV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: heemann Yun, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
During the Phase I NASA SBIR, MATECH GSM (MG) has developed and evaluated the world's first ultra-high temperature (UHT) Zr-(O)-C ceramic fiber pre-form / organic ablative matrix composite TPS system. This Phase II NASA SBIR Proposal from MG seeks to expand this technology to the following… More

Low Cost >5000F ZrOC Based Miniature Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ken Kratsch, CEO
Award Amount: $1,000,000.00
Abstract:
Newly developed advanced solid and liquid/gel propulsion propellants provide greater performance and efficiency, however, they also produce higher combustion temperatures. Current state-of-the-art materials, including silica and carbon phenolic structural TPS's are not able to withstand these… More

Low-Cost Innovative Hi-Temp Fiber Coating Process for Advanced Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: heemann Yun, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
MATECH GSM (MG) proposes 1) to demonstrate a low-cost innovative Hi-Temp Si-doped in-situ BN fiber coating process for advanced ceramic matrix composites in order to eliminate performance barriers that prevent practical use of advanced future NASA aircraft by performing interfacial coating on single… More

Lightweight Thermally Protective Integrated Missile Airframe Composite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ken Kratsch, CEO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this MDA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM (MG) proposes to demonstrate its revolutionary low cost, high temperature ceramic fiber and fiber processing technologies for non ablative structural TPS systems for the next generation of high supersonic missiles. Through prior SBIR programs, MG has… More

Ultra-High-Temperature Hafnium Carbide CMCs for DACS Thrusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, President
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
In this MDA Phase I SBIR Proposal, MATECH/GSM will develop ultra-high-temperature (UHT) HfC-based thruster technology for solid/liquid interceptor DACS components for atmospheric/exo-atmospheric use. These thrusters are based upon erosion and oxidation resistant C(f)/HfC(m) and HfC(f)/HfC(m) CMCs.… More

Revolutionary 5000F Zero-Erosion Super-Insulating TPS Materials for DOD Weapon Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Kratsch, CEO
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
In this DARPA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to demonstrate its revolutionary low cost, high temperature ceramic fiber and fiber processing technologies for non ablative structural TPS systems. These TPS systems will be required for the next generation of high supersonic vehicles, such… More

High-temperature CMC Processing for Ceramic-to-Ceramic Joining and for Interlaminar Strength Evaluation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: HeeMann Yun, CMC Engineering/Development
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
There is a strong need to develop and demonstrate inter-laminar tension test methods for CMC at high temperatures in NAVY JSF Program for aero-engine components. MATECH GSM (MG) proposes to address this need by employing a variety of innovative low-cost pre-ceramic polymer-derived high temperature… More

Low-cost Innovative Erosion-resistant Environment-durable Ceramic Matrix Materials for Advanced SiC/SiC(N, Me) CMC

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: HeeMann Yun, CMC Director
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
MATECH GSM (MG) proposes demonstrating a low-cost and enhanced-environment- and erosion-resistant CMC material system, ASGMAC (SiC/SiC(N,Me)), by optimizing MG's low-cycle PIP matrix densification method and by adopting modified (and/or functionally graded) polymer pre-cursor derived matrices for… More

Advanced Technologies for the Assessment and Mitigation of Materials Degradation for Light Water Reactor System and Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The U.S. currently generates 20% of its electricity from 104 nuclear power plants. For the past forty years, the uranium fuel used to generate the heat and electricity in these nuclear power plants has been contained within zircaloy metal cladding. Because the metal oxidizes during long periods of… More

Ultra-Low-Density (ULD) Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
This NASA Phase I SBIR proposal seeks to demonstrate a new class of ultra-low-density (ULD) polymer matrix composites of high specific modulus and specific strength for mass sensitive space and aerospace applications. the "baseline" composite system for this program is state-of-the-art carbon fiber… More

Lightweight Thermally Protective Integrated Missile Airframe Composite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, CEO/Chairman
Award Amount: $1,878,438.00
Abstract:
This MDA Phase II "Super" SBIR program proposes to demonstrate three distinct, mission-enabling components for insertion in MDA/Navy Aegis BMD Standard Missile 3 Block IIA upgrade (SM3 BLK IIA). These components are: 1. The divert and ACS thruster nozzles in the kinetic warhead (KW). 2. The hot… More

Phase II.5 SBIR: SiNC Ceramic Fibers for the IHPTET/VAATE Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: J. A., Chairman & CEO
Award Amount: $1,040,300.00
Abstract:
This Phase II.5 SBIR program aims to scale-up the production of MATECH's SiNC-1400X structural ceramic fiber tow, developed with prior Navy SBIR funding, to enable ceramic matrix composite (CMC) fabrication suitable for pre-qualification testing and evaluation for application to JSF engine hardware.… More

SBIR Phase I: Novel EBC Coatings for High Temp Metals and CMCs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. Pope, MD
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes two approaches to develop a thin, low cost, protective coating for SiC-based ceramic composites and refractory and other high-temperature metal alloys reaching 1200 C. Protective coatings are required for metals and ceramics to… More

Ceramic Field Repair for Structurally Compliant, Dielectric Matched Component Restoration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chris Hill, Dir. Fiber Manufacturing – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $149,933.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this AF Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to demonstrate the ability to perform"on wing"repair of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components. Due to safety concerns (both for aircraft and personnel), on wing repairs cannot exceed 300F cure temperatures. In addition, the… More

Low Cost>5000F ZrOC Based Miniature Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ken Kratsch, CEO – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $202,000.00
Abstract:
Newly developed advanced solid and liquid/gel propulsion propellants provide greater performance and efficiency, however, they also produce higher combustion temperatures. Current state-of-the-art materials, including silica and carbon phenolic structural TPS"s are not able to withstand these… More

Advanced High Temperature Structural Honeycomb TPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Rosengren, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $120,585.00
Abstract:
In this NASA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to leverage successfully developed laboratory and pilot scale manufacturing technologies to produce low cost Silicon Oxycarbide (SiOC) fibrous-walled high temperature honeycomb structures, hat stiffeners, and rigid fibrous insulators. A highly… More

High Temperature SiC/SiC CMCs Tailored for Nuclear Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Christopher Hill, Dr. – 818-991-8500
Award Amount: $149,932.00
Abstract:
Current zirconium alloys and other metals are incapable of being considered as core materials in Gen IV reactors due to increased temperatures and high neutron fluence. Stoichiometric SiC/SiC composites for cladding and other core structures have been identified as the only material candidate to… More

Low-Erosion and Affordable Nozzles for Advanced Air-to-Air Missiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Steve Kirkwood, Dir., Components Eng&Ma – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $79,936.00
Abstract:
In this Navy Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to demonstrate its oxidative and erosion-resistant high temperature zirconium oxy-carbide (matrix) with carbon fiber (Cf-ZrOCm) ceramic matrix composite (CMC) for nozzles in multi pulse solid rocket motor, low-smoke propellant, tactical air-to-air… More

High Temperature SiC/SiC CMCs Tailored for Nuclear Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope, Dr.
Award Amount: $999,545.00
Abstract:
New and innovative designs for advanced nuclear power plants, such as General Atomics EM2, require solutions to significant material challenges. Current zirconium alloys and other metals are incapable of being considered as core materials due to increased temperatures and high neutron fluence.… More

Materials and Life Cycle Sustainability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Rosengren, M&P Engineer/ Program Manager – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $99,784.00
Abstract:
In this MDA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to demonstrate the life cycle sustainability of ultra-high temperature (UHT), very low erosion, carbon fiber zirconium oxy-carbide ceramic matrix composite (Cf-ZrOCm CMC), developed under prior MDA SBIR funding, for advanced aerostructures with… More

Reduced Cost 2700F CMC Component Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Edward Pope, Chairman&CEO – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $79,663.00
Abstract:
In this Navy Phase I SBIR Program, MATECH proposes to leverage its lengthy experience in ceramic matrix composite (CMC) fabrication with recent advances in Field Assisted Sintering Technology (FAST) to demonstrate dramatic cost reduction and improved CMC performance. FAST is also known as"Spark… More

Lightweight Thermally Protective Integrated Missile Airframe Composite

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, CEO/Chairman – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
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Ceramic Field Repair for Structurally Compliant, Dielectric Matched Component Restoration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward J. A. Pope, CEO – (818) 991-8500
Award Amount: $749,652.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this AF Phase II SBIR program, MATECH proposes to further demonstrate the ability to perform"on wing"repair of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components. On wing repairs cannot exceed 300F cure temperatures. MATECH proposes to demonstrate its high ceramic yield, fully… More