Hybrid Ceramic Composites for Advanced Turbomachinery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH10-02-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A012-1889
Amount: $69,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
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
DUNS: 099725108
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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
"Continuous fiber-reinforced ceramic composites (CFCCs) are inherently wear and oxidation resistant, retain strength at higher temperatures and have lower specific densities than competing metal systems. The hot sections of gas turbine engines and relateddevices are exposed to aggressive gaseous species at high temperature. Because of their thermochemical stability and oxidation resistance, CFCCs have been identified as leading material candidates for high temperature applications; however, new processingmethods are needed to lower the cost of producing these materials, as well as to produce them in forms that can accommodate thin walled sections and that can be attached readily to supporting metal structures. Thor Technologies, Inc. will team with LosAlamos National Laboratory (LANL), Materials Research & Design (MR&D), and a turbine engine manufacturer to demonstrate the capability of the innovative polymer infiltration/microwave pyrolysis (PIMP) process to produce hybrid CFCCs for turbine engineapplications. These hybrid CFCCs contain integral metal features that enable the use of conventional attachments, such as nuts and bolts. The PI has over fifteen years experience in preceamic polymer science and CFCC processing, and the team has thedesign, manufacturing and testing expertise to produce turbine engine components at low cost. Lighter weight materials and the reduction in cooling air requirements will lower the overall we

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