Lightweight Nozzle Extension for Liquid Rocket Engines

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX09CB41C
Award Id:
88134
Agency Tracking Number:
074483
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
4914 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL, 35811
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799114574
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Butts
Principal Investigator
(256) 851-7653
dbutts@plasmapros.com
Business Contact:
Timothy McKechnie
President
(256) 851-7653
timmck@plasmapros.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The ARES J-2X requires a large nozzle extension. Currently, a metallic nozzle extension is being considered with carbon-carbon composite as a backup. In Phase 1, Plasma Processes Inc. (PPI), with the support from subcontractor ATK Launch Systems, fabricated, coated and test fired Haynes 230 and domestically produced 2-D carbon-carbon nozzle extensions. The test results show coated carbon-carbon intact and Haynes 230 in need of film cooling and emissivity and, or thermal barrier coatings. Oxide emissivity coating reduced the Haynes 230 wall temperature by 500F. In Phase 2, the primary goal will be to develop the optimum thermal solution for a metallic J2X nozzle extension. Working with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, high emissivity and thermal barrier solutions will be demonstrated on successively larger components until full size capability is demonstrated. A secondary goal is to continue the demonstration of domestically produced 2-D C/C composite nozzle extension materials and oxygen protective liners for use on liquid rocket engines. The team of Plasma Processes, Inc., Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and ATK Launch Systems offers the state of the art skill set that is uniquely suited to the Phase 2 program.

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