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Revolutionary 5000F Zero-Erosion Super-Insulating TPS Materials for DOD Weapon Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0417
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0148
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-007
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-04-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-12-10
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
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Kenneth Kratsch
Title: CEO
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

In this DARPA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH/GSM proposes to demonstrate its revolutionary low cost, high temperature ceramic fiber and fiber processing technologies for non ablative structural TPS systems. These TPS systems will be required for the next generation of high supersonic vehicles, such as RATTLRS and hypersonic vehicles such as Black Swift. For long duration sustained flight, thermal management becomes a critical design issue in addition to bending stiffness and thermal shock. Traditional organic composites are not suitable for sustained temperatures at high supersonic speeds. Non ablative high temperature materials must be developed to enable the next generation of sustained ultra high speed vehicles. MATECH/GSM (MG) has developed novel, low cost preceramic polymers and processing technologies for producing ceramic fibers and formed ceramic fiber components. These ceramic fibers, depending on preceramic polymer chemistry, offer service temperatures ranging from 2400°F to 5000°F and can be formed both before and after pyrolysis into structural insulative shapes suitable for nose cones, fin leading edges, and fuselage body structural insulation systems.

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