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Rapid, High Throughput Production of SiC Yarn from Discontinuous Fibers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N64267-23-C-0035
Agency Tracking Number: N231-072-0948
Amount: $139,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N231-072
Solicitation Number: 23.1
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-01-08
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733-1111
United States
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Spencer Hawkins
 (512) 615-4496
Business Contact
 Matthew Berry
Phone: (512) 615-4482
Research Institution

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. will demonstrate that the coupling of centrifugal spinning and microwave irradiation followed by mechanical sonication will yield short fibers of sufficient diameter, length, and thermomechanical performance to be spun into a high quality yarn in the Phase I Effort. The quality and performance of the proposed beta silicon carbide (ß-SiC) yarns will be compared to commercially available fibers from COI Ceramics and Specialty Materials. The fibers, which have been previously fabricated and tested in-lab are currently considered to have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 and a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) of 3 and are ready to be further developed into high quality yarns. The equipment that will be used has a TRL and MRL of 5-6. This approach offers uniform volumetric and localized heating, and thus better and more uniform mechanical properties of the final products, while at the same time lowering the cost of SiC fiber production and ceramic matrix composite manufacturing and reducing processing time, energy consumption, and carbon footprint. Since this approach can be carried out in an out-of-oven setup, the prospect for repeatable, high throughput, low-cost manufacturing of ß-SiC fiber and yarns is obtainable.

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