DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH STRENGTH CARBON FIBER/CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5845
Amount: $49,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Fiber Materials Inc
Biddeford Industrial Pk, Biddeford, ME, 04005
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 M K MARSHALL
 (207) 282-5911
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES ARE ATTRACTIVE MATERIALS FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE LIGHTWEIGHT AND RETAIN STRENGTH AT HIGH TEMPERATURES. HOWEVER, THESE COMPOSITES BECOME SEVERELY OXIDIZED ABOVE 700 DEG F IN AIR OR AN OXIDIZING ENVIRONMENT. PREVIOUS RESEARCH AT FMI INDICATES THAT CERAMIC MATRICES CAN BE INTRODUCED INTO A FIBROUS PREFORM USING SIMILAR PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY TO CARBON-CARBON. VARIOUS PRE-CERAMIC POLYMERS EXIST WHICH YIELD SILICON CARBIDE UPON PYROLYSIS. SILICON CARBIDE IS OUTSTANDING IN TERMS OF THERMAL SHOCK RESISTANCE WHILE THE OXIDATION RESISTANCE AT THE SPECIFIC TEMPERATURE RANGE (2500 DEG F - 4000 DEG F) IS ADEQUATE. THE PURPOSE OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE DEGREE OF OXIDATION RESISTANCE ACHIEVED IN A CARBON FIBER/CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE AT TEMPERATURES UP TO 4000 DEG F FOR USE ON GAS TURBINE COMPONENTS. THIS MATERIAL, BECAUSE OF THE HIGH STRENGTH, LIGHTWEIGHT AND OXIDATION RESISTANCE, COULD FIND A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS ON ROCKET MOTORS, SPACE VEHICLES, OR FUTURE GAS TURBINE ENGINES.

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