RHENIUM THRUSTERS FOR 2480 DEGREES K CYCLIC OPERATION

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$500,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1987
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
2860
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ultramet
12173 Montague St, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Richard B Kaplan
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CANDIDATE MATERIALS AND PROCESSES COMPATIBLE WITH RADIATIVELY COOLED THRUSTERS UTILIZING HYDROGEN/OXYGEN AND STATE-OF-THE-ART OXIDIZING PROPELLANTS AT TEMPERATURES OF ATLEAST 2480 DEGREES K AND ABLE TO WITHSTAND AT LEAST 1000 TEMPERATURE CYCLES ARE SEVERLY LIMITED. NO SINGLE MATERIAL EXISTS TODAY WHICH CAN RELIABLY MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS. ULTRAMET PROPOSES AN INNOVATIVE APPLICATION OF CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION OF A COMBINATION OF MATERIALS, SPECIFICALLYRHENIUM FOR STRENGTH AND IRIDIUM FOR OXIDATION/CORROSION RESISTANCE TOGETHER WITH A NOVEL FABRICATION TECHNIQUE WHICH WILL ASSURE RELIABILITY. IN PHASE I, ULTRAMET PROPOSES TO DETERMINE THE TEMPERATURE AND LIFE LIMITS AND DEMONSTRATE FEASIBILITY OF THE FABRICATION TECHNIQUE WITH THE END PRODUCT BEING A TESTABLE THRUSTER.

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