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Demonstration of Non-Line-of-Sight TBC

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-07-C-0306
Agency Tracking Number: N071-006-1050
Amount: $79,767.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-006
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-04-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-10-30
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center
Rockledge, FL 32955
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 J. Michael Cutbirth
 PI/Sr. Mechanical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution

Advances in turbine materials resulting in high strength and lightweight metallic and ceramic components have allowed for high efficiency, high power density, compactness, and low emissions. Current technology turbine blades are comprised of single crystal nickel superalloys in combination with ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBC). Typical TBC composition consists of an aluminum rich bond coat, thermally grown oxide (TGO), and yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ). These coatings have limited durability and constrain peak engine temperatures due to non-uniform coating thickness and susceptibility to crack propagation. Non-uniformities within the thickness are caused by line-of-sight coating applications typical of current industry standards. To address these shortcomings, Mainstream will rely on its expertise in nano-technology and chemical vapor deposition techniques to demonstrate a non-line-of-sight method for producing a strain-tolerant thermal barrier coating. The Phase I effort will characterize the mechanical properties of the nanocomposite coating, demonstrate the feasibility of the inclusion of nanostructures within a ceramic matrix, and validate the strain tolerance via thermal fatigue and thermal shock experiments.

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