Novel Materials & Processing Methods for Non-Eroding Nozzles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$69,998.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DASG60-02-P-0071
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0839
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Thor Technologies, Inc.
7600 Jefferson NE, Suite 9-115, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099725108
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Schwab
 President & CEO
 (505) 348-8797
 stschwab@flash.net
Business Contact
 Vicki Schwab
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (505) 348-8797
Email: vmschwab@flash.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Missile performance is currently limited by the available materials, particularly in the propulsion system. The development of non-eroding materials for rocket nozzles has the potential to increase missile performance and reduce motor component cost.Refractory metal ceramics are leading non-eroding material candidates for a wide range of propulsion systems. Unfortunately, these materials are in an early stage of technical development, and advances in processing technology are needed before they canbe utilized effectively.Thor Technologies, Inc. will team with Los Alamos National Laboratory and ATK Thiokol to combine novel preceramic polymers with innovative processing techniques to yield a rapid, low-cost, net shape method of producing refractory metal ceramic nozzlematerials for rocket motors. The microstructrue and mechanical properties of these materials will be determined, and specimens suitable for testing in Thiokol's blast tube test facility will be prepared and delivered to BMDO. In addition, the potentialfor the use of RMCs in non-military applications will be investigated.With extensive experience in preceramic polymer design and novel ceramic processing techniques, the project team is uniquely well-suited to execute the proposed development successfully. The availability of refractory metal ceramics will enable dramatic increases in rocket motor performance while reducing cost. Civilian applications that would benefit

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