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Formable Preform for Advanced Ceramic Matrix Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-23-P-0050
Agency Tracking Number: L23A-003-0018
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA23A-003
Solicitation Number: 23.A
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-08-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-29
Small Business Information
PO Box 397 15 Log Home Road Greenville Industrial Park
Greenville, ME 04441-1111
United States
DUNS: 623658077
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Pepin
 (207) 695-3434
Business Contact
 John Pepin
Phone: (207) 695-3434
Research Institution
 Southwest Research Institute
 Douglas Brooks
9503 W Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78227-1301
United States

 (210) 522-2668
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

Pepin Associates, Inc. has developed a unique, aligned discontinuous textile reinforcement for composite structures.  This reinforcement architecture is composed of short, overlapped tow segments.  The architecture allows the textile to stretch in its reinforcement direction.  This ability permits rapid fabrication of complex shaped thermal protection system structures from simple low cost shapes such as flat plates or tubes.  This forming process is very rapid and can be accomplished on large structures.  In this Phase I program the Pepin Associates team will couple this preforming technology with advanced ceramic matrix processing technology and new precursor materials to fabricate an aeroshell of interest to DOD.  The demonstration component fabrication will be further supported by room temperature and high temperature testing of the ceramic matrix (CMC) material.  Cost and performance assessments will be made to verify the benefits of this manufacturing approach as well as identify areas for expanded development in Phase II.

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