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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$749,969.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-07-C-5212
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-086-1376
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-086
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 Witold Kowbel
 Senior Scientist
 (520) 574-1980
 mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Ceramic matrix composites (CMC’s) consisting of SiC/SiC offer significant potential for weight reduction, reduced cooling and durability improvements for jet engines and many other high temperature applications. Some SiC/SiC composites have been flight qualified, but their high cost limits their applications. A Phase I program demonstrated a low cost manufacturing route that produces mechanical properties substantially equivalent to the higher cost other SiC/SiC composites. The Phase II proposes to build upon the Phase I results to not only optimize the low cost processing, but achieve properties that exceed the more expensive SiC/SiC yet maintain the cost advantage. The Phase II will optimize processing to confirm enhanced properties, demonstrate scale up and reproducibility, produce deliverable material, and seek to obtain flight qualification with prime users for component supply during or immediately after Phase II. The program completion will provide a low cost source for SiC/SiC composite material.

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