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Domestically Available C/C for Hot Structure

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0128
Agency Tracking Number: 193902
Amount: $749,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H5
Solicitation Number: SBIR_19_P2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-05
Small Business Information
300 East Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA 19087-1858
United States
DUNS: 966563884
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Craig Iwano
 (610) 964-9000
Business Contact
 Maisie Henry
Phone: (610) 964-6133
Research Institution

The overall objective of the Phase II program is to develop a domestically-available needled (2.5D) C-C composite and demonstrate its use as a nozzle extension for future lunar lander and upper-stage propulsion applications. This will be accomplished through a design and analysis trade study, coupled with the fabrication of a representative nozzle structure. In the past decade, a number of NASA research and development programs have been aimed at improving the capability and readiness of domestically available C-C for use as a lightweight nozzle extension. Lyocell-based carbon cloth composites continue to be a leading candidate in the quest for a domestically available C/C material.nbsp;Although Lyocell-based CMC materials have been previously fabricated, there is still a great need to better understand the process of fabricating Lyocell-based composites due to the brittle nature of the fabric and the thermal expansion mismatch with likely matrix constituents. Within the Phase II program, MRamp;Dnbsp; will lead a team consisting of Allcomp, Southern Research and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Allcomp will be responsible for fabricating Lyocell-based carbon fiber composite plates and nozzle extensions. Material characterization testing will be performed at Southern Research. Sierra Nevada Corporation will serve as the prime partner and supply information relative to the nozzle extension geometry and relevant propulsion environment. Additionally, hot fire testing will be performed at one of SNCrsquo;s facilities.

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