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Preceramic Polymers to HfCN Ceramic Fibers and Matrices

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-03-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0672
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO02-012
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2003-10-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-10-22
Small Business Information
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States
DUNS: 869308346
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward A. Pope
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Edward A. Pope
Title: President
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

This Phase II MDA SBIR Program seeks to demonstrate HfCNf/HfCNm Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) for THAAD Axial Propulsion and Divert and Attitude Control Systems (DACS) applications. In our Phase I SBIR Program, we developed and optimized preceramic polymers to hafnium carbide/nitride (HfCN) for CMC matrices and structural ceramic fibers. The world's first preceramic polymer-derived HfC-based structural ceramic fibers were demonstrated. Additionally, preceramic polymers for polymer-infiltration-pyrolysis have also been developed. With both of these advances, it is now possible to produce HfCNf/HfCNm Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC), as well as woven carbon fiber/HfCN matrix composites. Such an advance in CMC technology should have a significant impact on elevating the operational temperature and duration of rocket thrusters and nozzle throats with minimal erosion for such demanding applications as THAAD. At the completion of the Phase II program, prototype HfCf/HfCm and Cf/HfCm ceramic matrix composite (CMC) thrusters will have been fabricated and tested at operational temperatures of 4000oF (~2200oC) and above. The physical, thermal, and mechanical properties, performance, and erosion behavior will have been measured and analyzed. The necessary steps to scale-up and production will be ready for implementation in the Phase III program.

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