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Reduced Cost TaC-based Rocket Nozzle for Solid Boost Motors

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
86427
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-024-0607
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Plasma Processes LLC.
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811-1558
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Reduced Cost TaC-based Rocket Nozzle for Solid Boost Motors
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-08-C-0046
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Missile defense interceptors will provide our nation with the capability of defeating threats to our homeland and our deployed troops. However, the fielding of these advanced interceptors is strongly dependent upon technologies that enable production of high performance, low cost interceptor components. Advanced missile defense interceptors require extremely high thrust axial motors to engage hostile targets in their boost phase. The nozzles must survive high thermal stresses with minimal erosion to maintain high kill velocities. Plasma Processes, Inc. has demonstrated the ability to produce high quality vacuum plasma sprayed TaC-based materials. However, merging quality material and low cost fabrication techniques with innovative nozzle designs is greatly needed. In a Phase I effort, Plasma Processes, Inc., with support from Lockheed Martin, proposes to demonstrate the fabrication of non-eroding nozzle throats using an innovative design employing Tantalum Carbide based materials. This employment of novel materials, innovative nozzle design and low cost fabrication techniques can ultimately lead to improved performance and reduced costs for advanced missile defense interceptors.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Butts
Materials Engineers
2568517653
dbutts@plasmapros.com

Business Contact:

Timothy McKechnie
President
2568517653
timmck@plasmapros.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PLASMA PROCESSES, INC.
4914 Moores Mill Road Huntsville, AL 35811

EIN/Tax ID: 631100320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No