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High Yield SiC Preceramic Polymers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-P-5180
Agency Tracking Number: F191-107-0606
Amount: $149,948.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF191-107
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-07-23
Small Business Information
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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

In this Air Force Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to modify a commercially available preceramic polymer (PCP) to silicon carbide (SiC), SMP-10 from Starfire Systems, in order to dramatically increase its ceramic yield and lower its crystallization temperature (by ~200 degrees centigrade). The polymer-impregnation-pyrolysis (PIP) process for manufacturing ceramic matrix composites is attractive due to its low capitalization costs compared with other CMC densification processes. Unfortunately, the high number of PIP cycles makes CMC manufacturing, nonetheless, quite expensive. Currently, commercially available PCPs require many polymer-impregnation-pyrolysis (PIP) cycles to densify ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), typically greater than 10 PIP cycles. Moreover, inducing crystallization of beta-SiC matrix requires high temperatures that can be damaging to commercially available SiC ceramic fibers. MATECH proposes to address these challenges by a “two-pronged approach� of chemically modifying the preceramic polymer combined with an improved CMC PIP manufacturing processing. MATECH is uniquely qualified for this undertaking due to its decades of experience designing and synthesizing preceramic polymers to high temperature and ultra-high-temperature ceramic fibers and matrices, such as SiC, SiNC, SiOC, ZrC, HfC, TaC, and YAG.

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