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Affordable Materials and Coatings for Pressure Gain Combustion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-5018
Agency Tracking Number: F183-039-0300
Amount: $149,818.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF183-039
Solicitation Number: 18.3
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-25
Small Business Information
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102 Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States
DUNS: 869308346
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward Pope
 Chairman & CEO
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Edward J. A. Pope
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

MATECH proposes to evaluate several carbon fiber (Cf) reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) specifically engineered for use in flight weight rotating detonation engines (RDEs). Rotating detonation engine technology stands to vastly improve engine performance over conventional deflagration combustion engines in both rocket (single-use) and aircraft (multi-use) propulsion systems. Significant RDE technological advances over the past decade require robust tooling and complex cooling schemes to circumvent localized heat fluxes, high flame temperatures (at or above 1450°C) and high-frequency shock loading experienced in pressure gain combustion (PGC) environments. Recent testing at the Detonation Engine Research Facility at Air Force Research Laboratory - Wright Patterson Air Force Base (AFRL-WPAFB) has successfully demonstrated C/SiC CMC’s potential as a flight-weight, high temperature material for RDE combustors. Therefore, MATECH will vet multiple variants of the C/SiC CMC system as well as several enhanced Cf-reinforced CMCs for performance and survivability gains in an RDE environment. This Phase I benefits from the support of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR), both of which have active RDE programs. Phase I coupon screening will be conducted at the Detonation Engine Research Facility at AFRL-WPAFB managed by Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc. (ISSI).

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