Enabling Materials Technology for Nuclear Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 18110
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
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
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Tuffias, Phd
 (818) 899-0236
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Research Institution
Few materials exist that possess useful properties in hydrogen at 2750K and are compatible with the environment of a nuclear reactor. Bulk fabrication and processing of those that do exist, the ceramics niobium carbide (NbC) and zirconium carbide (ZrC), have not yet reached the maturity required for application to nuclear reactors. The versatility of chemical vapor deposition (CVD), however, permits these materials to be fabricated in a unique geometric configuration to produce tailorable thermal and mechanical properties. Ultramet will fabricate structural and insulating materials that overcome the limitations of state-of-the-art materials currently baselined for nuclear propulsion devices. To maximize the possibility of success, Ultramet has teamed with Babcock & Wilcox, the leader in particle bed reactor (PBR) technology.

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