Innovative Manufacturing of Hafnium Carbide Insulation Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-07-C-0167
Agency Tracking Number: 053-0277
Amount: $999,997.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-068
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
DUNS: 130020209
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ernie Havens
 Chief Engineer
 (937) 320-1877
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Title: President
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Research Institution
In Phase I, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (CRG), proposed to fabricate solid rocket motors with increased erosion performance and improved manufacturability by integrating MATECH’s zero-erosion Hafnium Carbide (HfC) insulation system into CRG’s innovative rotomolding manufacturing process. These integrated technologies are primary focused on axial propulsion systems, as rotomolding is best suited for symmetrical components such as the internal insulation on an axial motor. Due to its zero-erosion characteristics, the HfC exhibits less particulate and better mission assurance as compared to Kevlar-filled EPDM, and therefore would benefit multiple munitions systems. Additionally, CRG developed a cyanate ester elastomer, which has generated interest within the missile community for its high temperature and elastomeric properties. CRG and MATECH propose to continue the HfC insulation system effort in Phase II, as a means to further investigate the cyanate ester-HfC system compared to the state-of-the art (SOTA) Kevlar-filled EPDM, and to develop a scale-up manufacturing plan and production costs of the HfC material. CRG and MATECH also propose to integrate the optimum material system into a Phase II prototype via an appropriate manufacturing method.

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