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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$98,552.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F04611-03-M-3026
Agency Tracking Number:
O031-0246
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ULTRAMET
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052405867
Principal Investigator:
Brian Williams
Senior Project Engineer
(818) 899-0236
brian.williams@ultramet.com
Business Contact:
Craig Ward
Engineering Administrativ
(818) 899-0236
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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