AFFORDABLE OXIDATION INHIBITED CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES FOR 1200 DEGREE F APPLICATION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$450,000.00
Award Year:
1998
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
41392
Agency Tracking Number:
41392
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7960 S. KOLB ROAD, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr W. Kowbel
(520) 574-1980
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Affordable/low cost carbon-carbon (C-C) composites are enabling to a number of defense, aerospace and commercial applications. However, in addition to cost, their limitation is carbon gasification in oxidative environments above about 750¿F (=400¿C). An inhibited carbon matrix that reduces oxidation rate by a factor of 200 with up to double the strength of uninhibited composites which could be produced for <$50/lb., would revolutionize the applications of C-C composites. A team of MER/Southern Research Institute (SRI) has demonstrated, in separate investigations, that low cost inhibited C-C composites can be produced with exceptional oxidation resistance and mechanical properties. This program will define and optimize molecular base additives that significantly inhibit C-C composites oxidation rate while enhancing mechanical properties. Low cost near net shape components will be demonstrated using the optimized inhibited formulation and translated into current commercialization applications.

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