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High Temperature Zero Erosion Ablative Combustion Liner

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-04-C-0115
Agency Tracking Number: 022-0305
Amount: $747,889.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA02-021a
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-07-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-07-12
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
 Kenneth Kratsch
 VP, Engineering
 (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 a new high temperature zero erosion ablative combustion liner technology that is based upon an organic ablative/ceramic fiber char composite structure. In this new architecture, the "char" phase is pre-engineered into the combustion liner. The "char" is composed of ultra-high-temperature woven hafnium carbide (HfC) ceramic fabric. In our successful MDA Phase I SBIR Program, MATECH fabricated the world's first woven HfC ceramic fiber mats and fabrics. The Phase I program progressed with the fabrication of a cross-linked melamine-formaldehyde ablative infused into woven HfC fabric. The ultra-high-temperature HfC fabric was the non-eroding, insulating char layer. The program culminated with the successful torch testing of the new hybrid system and compared it with conventional EPDM rubber combustion liner ablative insulation. In this Phase II SBIR Program, MATECH proposes a more extensive development program that includes the evaluation of five candidate systems in comparison with conventional EPDM rubber and phenolic. The effect of HfC fiber volume fraction and weave structure will also be evaluated. The Phase II program will culminate with nine hot-fired motor tests of the candidate materials at Aerojet's facilities.

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