Continuous Mullite Fibers for High Temperature Structural Ceramic Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20185
Amount: $375,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Saphikon, Inc.
33 Powers Street, Milford, NH, 03055
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Herbert E Bates
 (603) 673-5831
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
The Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of producing Mullite (Al6Si2O13) fibers using the Saphikon Edge-defined, Film-fed Growth (EFG) process. The reactivity of mullite melts ranging from 60 to 80 mole percent will be evaluated using crystal growth components fabricated from iridium, and components with a coating of iridium. Fibers will be grown under a range of conditions and evaluated to determine tensile strength at room and elevated (2400 F) temperature. Fiber microstructure will be identified, and comparisons made after extended 2400 F exposure in air. Specimen quantities of fiber will be characterized and made available for Air Force evaluation.

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