Low Cost Net Shape Forming of Ceramic Matrix Composites Utilizing Precermic Polymer Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5237
Agency Tracking Number: F061-086-1376
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-086
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: mercorp@mercorp.com
Research Institution
Ceramic matrix composites (CMC’s) exhibit many desirable properties for applications in gas turbine engines but their applications are limited due to their high cost of fabrication. Preceramic polymers (PCP) used with impregnation and pyrolysis (PIP) to produce an interface coating on the ceramic fiber and the matrix of a composite when used with ceramic particle fillers have the potential to reduce the cost to produce net shape CMC’s. It is possible for PCP PIP processing to produce CMC’s for as little as $50/lb over the materials cost of the CMC. Such low cost processing will be further developed to produce net shape CMC’s with properties that meet gas turbine engine requirements. The low cost produced CMC’s will be characterized in coordination with one or more engine manufacturers supporting this low cost net shape processing development program. Samples and components will be produced to quantify the cost of fabrication.

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