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Ceramic Fiber Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0696
Agency Tracking Number: N211-059-0792
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-059
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-09-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-03-14
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Diener
 (303) 261-1154
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution

TDA Research, Inc. proposes to develop the technology needed to set up a domestic manufacturing facility for making ceramic fibers from a preceramic polymer. The proposed fibers have previously demonstrated a dielectric constant below 3.0, and excellent retention of tensile strength to 1700 °C. That combination is ideal for the development of radomes that require microwave transparency and dimensional stability at extreme temperatures, as is required for all forms of hypersonic craft. The ceramic fibers made during this project will then be available for integration into a ceramic matrix composite suitable for use above 1500 °C as a radome or aperture. At the end of Phase II, we expect to have the processes, procedures and equipment in place to provide the fibers needed by radome manufacturers to prototype and low rate initial production runs.

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