Process Scaleup of Refractory Open-Cell Structural Foams for Advanced Rocket Engine Injectors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: F04611-03-M-3026
Agency Tracking Number: O031-0246
Amount: $98,552.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ULTRAMET
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Duns: 052405867
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Williams
 Senior Project Engineer
 (818) 899-0236
 brian.williams@ultramet.com
Business Contact
 Craig Ward
Title: Engineering Administrativ
Phone: (818) 899-0236
Email: craig.ward@ultramet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Air Force is seeking a highly operable aerospace vehicle that can be ready to launch on demand. Hydrocarbon-fueled vehicles offer certain benefits over other propulsion systems. The vehicle is heavier when fueled with kerosene, but because of thenature of the propellant, it is lighter when empty: a benefit in reduced vehicle weight and cost. Also, kerosene costs less to produce and use. Advanced propellant injector materials and designs are required to promote stable combustion with high mixingefficiency. Ultramet has been working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate at Edwards AFB to establish the mechanical and fluid flow properties of open-cell silicon carbide foam material produced by Ultramet for potentialuse in injector applications, among others. The flow characteristics show promise for use with hydrocarbon propellants, but the structures fabricated thus far have been limited to relatively small sizes (4

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