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Highly Affordable Net- and Near-Net Forming of Fully Dense TaC for Boost Nozzle…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-2764a
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA05-068
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Exothermics, Inc.
14 Columbia Drive Amherst, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Highly Affordable Net- and Near-Net Forming of Fully Dense TaC for Boost Nozzle Applications
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7694
Award Amount: $249,631.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase 2 SBIR proposal addresses the technical and manufacturing challenges associated with development of cost-effective materials solutions for ultrahigh temperature solid rocket motor throat components V particularly those associated with boost nozzle solid rocket motor (SRM) or solid divert/attitude control SDACS components for vehicles such as KEI and SM-3. Exothermics and their Phase 2 partners ATK Launch Systems Division, MR & D and the Southern Research Insitute will seek to increase the reliability, producibility and performance of aluminized and nonaluminized propellant throat and nozzle hardware by systematically optimizing, testing and then deploying a new family of net-formed ultrahigh temperature (>3000aC) tantalum carbide- and hafnium nitride-based refractory compounds and cermets. These UHT materials will be manufactured in net or near-net shape fashion using novel hot isostatic pressing (HIP) densification methods we developed in our Phase 1 SBIR program. Based upon the highly successful outcome of our Phase 1 efforts pertaining to forming of TaC-based compounds and our partnership with ATK Launch Systems Division, we believe that this Phase 2 program represents an excellent opportunity for fielding a new generation of UHT solid propulsion components with performance and cost attributes that are superior to legacy materials such as thoriated tungsten.

Principal Investigator:

Stephen G. DiPietro
President
(603) 732-0077
sputboy@rcn.com

Business Contact:

Claire E. Augustus
Controller
(603) 732-0079
augustus@choiceonemail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Exothermics, Inc.
60 Route 101A Amherst, NH -

EIN/Tax ID: 020492807
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No