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Low Cost High Performance 3-D CMCs for Jet Engine Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number: N043-248-0854
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-248
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-10-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-04-22
Small Business Information
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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

In this Navy Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to model and fabricate low-cost, high performance three-dimensionally woven fiber reinforced CMCs for jet engine applications. We will attempt to design a weave that mimics 8HSW within the in-plane and also contains warp stuffer yarns, thereby producing a Layer-to-Layer Angle Interlock Weave (LTLAIW). For this program, we propose to use both commercially available CG-Nicalon and our own SiNC structural ceramic fiber, currently under development with Navair support. SiNC matrix densification will be performed using the polymer-infiltration-pyrolysis (PIP) process, already optimized under a program supported by the National Science Foundation. The rational for ultimately replacing CG-Nicalon with MATECH SiNC ceramic fiber is higher thermo-mechanical properties combined with desirable electro-magnetic behavior required for this application. Additionally, having a fiber and matrix that are compositionally identical would eliminate any CTE mismatch, and thus help mitigate matrix cracking upon thermo-cycling.

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