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THREE DIMENSIONAL BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY FOR PREFORM FABRICATION OF STRUCTURAL…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10914
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10914
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Quadrax Advanced Materials
300 High Point Avenue Portsmouth, RI 02871
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: THREE DIMENSIONAL BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY FOR PREFORM FABRICATION OF STRUCTURAL CERAMIC COMPOSITE SHAPES FOR FOSSIL ENERGY
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $499,330.00
 

Abstract:

PHASE I AIMS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF FABRICATING PREFORMS FOR CERAMIC COMPOSITE SHAPES OF INTEREST TO FOSSIL ENERGY BY USING PROPRIETARY THREE-DIMENSIONAL BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY. HIGH PERFORMANCE CERAMIC COMPOSITES, OPERATING IN EXTREME CONDITIONS OF TEMPERATURE AND CORROSIVE ENVIRONMENT, REQUIRE PREFORM ARCHITECTURES THAT CAN PROVIDE TOUGHNESS, STRENGTH, AND A CAPACITY TO ELIMINATE FAILURE FROM INCIPIENT CRACK FORMATION IN THE CERAMIC MATRIX. THIS REQUIRES A THREE-DIMENSIONAL FIBER ARCHITECTURE, PROVIDING STRENGTH AND STIFFNESS IN ALL DIRECTIONS AND AN INTERTWINED NETWORK OF FIBERS CAPABLE OF CONFRONTING-AND DEFLECTING-ANY CRACKS THAT MAY FORM IN THE HOST MATRIX DURING OPERATION. THIS CRACK CONTAINMENT RESULTS IN DAMAGE CONTAINMENT AND CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE CERAMIC COMPOSITE COMPONENT. LIFETIME AND RELIABILITY SHOULD BE GREATLY EXTENDED. THREE-DIMENSIONAL BRAIDS OPERATE SUCCESSFULLY IN POLYMERIC COMPOSITES. THEY PROVIDE REINFORCEMENT AND ENHANCE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES IN THREE DIMENSIONS, EXTEND LIFE-TIME AND RELIABILITY, AND PROVIDE DAMAGE TOLERANCE OF A HIGH DEGREE. ALTHOUGH THE FAILURE MECHANISMS APPEAR DIFFERENT FOR CERAMIC COMPOSITES, THE EXISTENCE OF THESE BRAIDED PREFORMS IS EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPARABLE EFFECTS ON CERAMIC COMPOSITES. PHASE I SELECTS REFRACTORY FIBERS AND WILL ATTEMPT TO MAKE PREFORMS FROM THEM, USING THREE-DIMENSIONAL BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY, IN SHAPES OF INTEREST TO FOSSIL ENERGY. VARIOUS FIBER ARCHITECTURES WILL BE MADE TO DETERMINE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE REFRACTORY FIBERS TO OPERATE IN THE RANGE OF FABRICATION CAPABILITY OF THE BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Robert A Florentine
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Quadrax Advanced Materials
300 High Point Ave Portsmouth, RI 02871

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