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SiNC Ceramic Fibers for the JSF/VAATE Engine

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-04-C-0104
Agency Tracking Number: N022-0463
Amount: $1,061,400.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N02-169
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-04-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-11-29
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

In this proposed NAVAIR/JSF funded Phase II SBIR Program, MATECH will develop SiNC structural ceramic fibers for ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for ultimate use as components in the JSF/VAATE engine. These fibers are predominantly silicon nitride with 10 to 15 percent silicon carbide, mixed at the molecular level. Potential advantages over conventional CG-NICALON fibers include 1/3rd the creep of SiC at high temperatures, a much higher use temperature, suppression of exaggerated grain growth at high temperature, potentially less expensive, the LO properties could be tailorable, a compositionally identical matrix now exists, and it would be obtained from a domestic source (including starting materials). Compared with very expensive, high performance fibers, such as Hi-NICALON and Sylramic, no boron is needed as a sintering aid.

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