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Novel Method for Fabricating Carbon Nanofiber Toughened Silicon Carbide…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
73407
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-023-0073
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave. PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Novel Method for Fabricating Carbon Nanofiber Toughened Silicon Carbide Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0137
Award Amount: $99,890.00
 

Abstract:

Carbon nanotube-reinforced ceramics are a promising class of materials that are plagued by extreme processing conditions which compromise the nanotubes, thereby inhibiting their ability to positively impact the ceramic composite. Applied Sciences, Inc. (ASI) proposes an innovative solution to this problem. Our process exploits the unique morphology of low-cost carbon nanofibers, upon which the ceramic matrix is built. This low-pressure process fully encapsulates the nanofiber - thereby protecting it from oxidation. This process also provides an intimate bond between the nanofiber and matrix that is of tailorable strength - thereby allowing optimization of the composite's fracture toughness. Ceramic nanocomposites made from this process are expected to engender a 25% improvement in fracture toughness over traditional fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites, and a 75% improvement in fracture toughness over monolithic silicon carbide. They will also exhibit oxidation resistance up to at least 1800 deg C. Our Phase I team, which includes 5 PhDs with a combined 100 years of relevant experience, will ensure the technical success of this effort and the broad dissemination of research results throughout the scientific community.

Principal Investigator:

Ronald L. Jacobsen
Principal Investigator
9377662020
rljacobsen@apsci.com

Business Contact:

Max L. Lake
President / CEO
9377662020
mllake@apsci.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Sciences, Inc.
141 W. Xenia Ave., PO Box 579 Cedarville, OH 45314

EIN/Tax ID: 311089703
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTITUTE
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
Contact: Rebecca A. Koesters
Contact Phone: (937) 229-3024
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university