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Resins for Rapid Manufacturing of C-C Composites

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22CA111
Agency Tracking Number: 212042
Amount: $749,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H5
Solicitation Number: SBIR_21_P2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-05-08
Small Business Information
12345 West 52nd Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033-1916
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Diener
 (303) 422-7819
Business Contact
 John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2347
Research Institution

Carbon-carbon composites (C/C) are currently used as hot structures in a variety of extreme environments encountered during rocket launch, hypersonic flight, and atmospheric entry, descent and landing. Their use is limited by their expensive and time-consuming manufacturing process. Delivery times of over six months from order placement are common, a result of the long manufacturing process and the limited number of suppliers. Building on our demonstrated expertise in carbon manufacturing and commercialization, in this Phase II project we will develop manufacturing capability for a novel resin so that C/C composites can be made in days to weeks, instead of months. This resin has the potential to eliminate multiple densification cycles, yet result in composites with equivalent mechanical and thermal properties to the current state-of-the-art. With the domestic need for C/C parts increasing, TDA believes that there is a currently an outstanding opportunity to enter the C/C manufacturing market. TDA has a demonstrated history of manufacturing resins with high char yields, and we propose to build on that experience to economically manufacture resins that have been demonstrated to produce strong chars in exceptionally high yield.

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