LIGHTWEIGHT MIRROR STRUCTURES

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$493,891.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5073
Agency Tracking Number:
5073
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
RICHARD B. KAPLAN
INVESTIGATOR
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
OVER THE PAST DECADE THERE HAS BEEN AN EVER INCREASING NEED FOR LARGE, LIGHTWEIGHT, STIFF OPTICAL STRUCTURES FOR SPACE APPLICATION. RESIN MATRIX COMPOSITE WHICH SEEMED THE IDEAL CANDIDATE MATERIAL HAS POOR DIMENSIONAL STABILITY DUE TO ITSPROPENSITY TO ABSORB WATER VAPOR ON EARTH AND LOSE IT IN SPACE. GLASS, METAL, CARBON AND CERAMIC MATRIC COMPOSITES ARE ALL POSSIBLE CANDIDATE MATERIALS BUT EACH SEEMS TO HAVE SOME LIMITATION. BY AN INNOVATIVE APPLICATION OF CHEMICAL VAPOR INFILLTRATION (CVI) ULTRAMET HAS DEMONSTRATED USING TUNGSTEN CARBIDE THAT A NEW CLASS OF CERAMIC MATERIALS CAN BE FABRICATED: CERAMIC HONEYCOMBS. IN PHASE I OF THIS PROGRAM ULTRAMET PROPOSES TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF FABRICATING STIFF, STRONG, LIGHTWEIGHT HONEYCOMB STRUCTURES OF BORON, BORON CARBIDE OR SILICON CARBIDE.

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