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Light Weight Optics For High Power Directed Energy Applications

Company: Brimrose Technology Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … improving two of the most important parts of a high energy mirror design, the reflective mirror surface, and the multifunctional substrate. Brimrose, in collaboration with Applied Research Laboratory of Penn State University, proposes to develop boron carbide (B4C) and … more

An additive manufacturing technology for the fabrication and characterization of nuclear reactor fuel

Company: Free Form Fibers Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … fuels. The proposed project is made possible by the confluence of advances in additive micro-fabrication that would not only transform TRISO fuel fabrication from batch to continuous manufacturing, but would also embed them in high temperature and radiation resistant … more

Advanced Reusable Mandrel for Ceramic Cladding Fabrication

Company: Ceramic Tubular Products Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The use of advanced ceramic materials, such as silicon carbide, for light water reactor fuel cladding is being investigated, in part due to the increased safety margin afforded by this technology over conventional zircaloy metallic claddings. In light of… more

Reliability of Commercially Available and State-of-the-Art SiC MOSFETs Under Gate Stress and Body Diode Stress

Company: Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: An ideal transistor from a circuit designers standpoint consists of an ultra-low on-resistance, majority carrier switching, low gate current drive, and normally-off design. These features are inherent in the silicon carbide (SiC) power MOSFET, with the small… more

High Temperature (300c) Silicon Carbide (SiC)-Based Integrated Gate Drivers for Wide Bandgap Power Devices

Company: Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: In this Phase II proposal, APEI, Inc. will continue development of its patented high temperature gate driver technology, enabling the next generation of high-efficiency, high power density converters. At the conclusion of Phase II, APEI, Inc. will have designed, fabricated, and tested a high… more

Extreme Environment Circuit Blocks for Spacecraft Power&Propulsion System&Other High Reliability Applications

Company: Chronos Technology (Div. of FMI, Inc.) Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: …ootprints. The described performance would be superior to any present-day alternatives that may only be available at much lower operating temperatures with no provisions for radiation hardness. The proposed range of circuit blocks that will be fabricated in Silicon … more

Silicon Carbide MOSFET-based Full-Bridge for Fusion Science Applications

Company: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Switching power amplifiers (SPAs) have a wide variety of applications within the fusion science community, including feedback and control systems for dynamic plasma stabilization in tokamaks, inductive and arc plasma sources, Radio Frequency (RF) helicity and flux injection, RF plasma… more

High-Voltage Intelligent Power Distribution Solution

Company: Global Embedded Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Silicon Carbide (SiC) semiconductors are enabling technologies which bring significant benefits to power distribution equipment for next generation ground vehicles. The high temperature performance and high temperature low on-resistance properties of SiC… more

3D-Printed Lightweight Optics for Directed Energy Systems

Company: Optimax Systems, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: A significant cost and processing time reduction is realized by replacing the difficult manufacturing and machining processes associated with ceramic substrates, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) or siliconized-SiC, with additive manufacturing or three… more

CMC Matrices Enabling Long Operational Lifetimes at Temperatures Above 2700°F

Company: PHYSICAL SCIENCES, INC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Silicon Carbide based ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) offer the potential to fundamentally change the design and manufacture of gas turbines to significantly increase performance and fuel efficiency over current metal-based designs. Physical Sciences Inc.… more

Bonding of Impermeable SiC Ceramic Nuclear Reactor Components

Company: PHYSICAL SCIENCES, INC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The high temperature operation of Generation IV nuclear systems will require silicon carbide ceramic composites in the reactor core to minimize operational costs and enhance safety. Currently, no ceramic composite fabrication method has been successfully… more

In-Situ EBCs for High Performance Composite Propulsion Components

Company: PHYSICAL SCIENCES, INC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Silicon Carbide based ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) offer the potential to fundamentally change the design and manufacture of aeronautical and space propulsion systems to significantly increase performance and fuel efficiency over current metal-based… more

High Strength, Oxidation Resistant Fuel Claddings for Improved Accident Tolerance

Company: PLASMA PROCESSES, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … plant highlight the need for enhanced accident tolerance. Of particular concern is the overheating of standard zirconium alloy cladding material in a loss of coolant accident (LOCA). One of the leading, high-risk/high-reward candidates for future claddings is a silicon … more

High-Efficiency, Ka-Band Solid-State Power Amplifier Utilizing GaN Technology

Company: QuinStar Technology, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … communications. Specifically, we propose to develop a 20 W power amplifier with an associated PAE of 60% operating over the 31.5 to 34 GHz band. This will be accomplished by employing two major innovations. First, we plan to utilize wide bandgap Gallium Nitride (GaN) on Silicon… more

Efficient Manufacturing of Low Defect Density SiC Substrates using a Novel Defect Capped Planarization Assisted Growth (DC-PAG) Method

Company: Sinmat Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Silicon carbide based power devices has several advantages because it can be used in very high power, high temperature, high frequency applications, where conventional silicon devices cannot be used. Despite significant advancement in SiC… more

O2/CO Ignition System for Mars Sample Return Missions

Company: Ultramet Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: …. In that work, spark igniters were used, and every test resulted in a catastrophic detonation and damage to equipment. In this project, Ultramet will develop a high-performance ignition system for use with O2/CO propellant that is based on resistively heated silicon … more

Scalable, Wide Bandgap Integrated Circuit Technology for Wide Temperature, Harsh Environment Applications

Company: United Silicon Carbide, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: ABSTRACT: During this program, United Silicon Carbide (USCi), Inc. will develop basic analog and digital integrated circuit blocks capable of operation up to 350 oC, based on silicon carbide (SiC) complementary lateral Junction Field Effect Transistor (JFET)… more

The First JFET-Based Silicon Carbide Active Pixel Sensor UV Imager

Company: United Silicon Carbide, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NASA / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Solar-blind ultraviolet (UV) imaging is needed in the fields of astronomy, national defense, and bio-chemistry. United Silicon Carbide, Inc. proposes to develop a monolithic, solar-blind UV image sensor with 320 x 256 pixels on a 25 micron pitch with a frame… more

SiC for Nuclear Parts

Company: Materials Modification Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … is useful in such applications because of its high melting point (2730 C), low specific weight (3.21 g/cm3), excellent mechanical strength ( & gt;600 MPa) and elastic modulus ( & gt;400 GPa), and a high thermal conductivity (490 W/m-K). Monolithic silicon … more

Robust 2700 F MC/C Fiber Reinforced Matrices for Turbine Engines

Company: Advanced Ceramic Fibers, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Advanced Ceramic Fibers, LLC has developed a transformational enabling fiber technology for use in UHT turbine engines - alpha silicon carbide/carbon based fibers - with capability above Navy"s goal of 2700 F. Our turbine engine OEM and aerospace team… more

Ion Implantation Processes in AlN for Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Power Devices

Company: Adroit Materials Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Current and next-generation power systems require power devices that operate at high voltages and high frequencies beyond the reliable operating limit of the present silicon- and silicon carbide-based power devices. The material properties of AlN permit power… more

SBIR Phase I: Novel Manufacturing Process for Cost-Effective Production of Discontinuous SiC Fibers from Renewable, Organic Precursors

Company: Advanced Composite Materials, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project aims to develop a cost-effective and scalable manufacturing process for producing high performance silicon carbide (SiC) fiber for use in protective polymer coatings to increase wear resistance and… more

Gear Coatings for Loss of Lubrication Mitigation

Company: Phygen Coatings, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … deposition process, the coating will be more highly adherent, dense, and wear resistant than common coatings from sputtering or arc systems. The coating architecture will begin with a base layer of chromium nitride, which will be followed by lubricious layers of silicon … more

SBIR Phase II: Microwave Heating of Reaction-Bonded Silicon Carbide Ceramics

Company: Ceralink, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 2
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project enables an innovative low cost approach to reaction bonded silicon carbide (RBSC). RBSC is a preferred material for mechanical seals, which are critical, costly components in many major… more

SBIR Phase I: Designing an Immune System Response Into High-Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials (CMC)

Company: Free Form Fibers Agency/Program/Year/Phase: NSF / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is designed to evaluate a novel interphase nanocoating designed for Silicon Carbide (SiC) fibers, which is intended to behave as a biomimetic immune system for high-temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites… more