Ceramic Matrix Composite Combustion Chamber for HAN-Based Monopropellants

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CE13P
Agency Tracking Number: 085365
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
DUNS: 052405867
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arthur Fortini
 Principal Investigator
 (818) 899-0236
Business Contact
 Craig Ward
Title: Engineering Administrative Mgr
Phone: (818) 899-0236
Email: craig.ward@ultramet.com
Research Institution
Ultramet will design and fabricate a lightweight, high temperature 5-lbf combustion chamber. The system will be designed for use with the AF-315 family of monopropellants, which have specific impulse values well in excess of 240 sec, and the combustion chamber material will be based on Ultramet's proven [Zr,Si]C ceramic matrix composite (CMC) technology. This material system allows the zirconium carbide to silicon carbide ratio in the matrix to be adjusted, thus enabling the material to be optimized for different combustion environments. To date, hot-fire testing has been done on Ultramet CMC chambers with both O2/H2 and AF-315e propellants. Ultramet will work closely with a leading supplier of spacecraft propulsion systems that will provide the chamber design and perform the hot-fire testing. The fabrication process and the survivability of the material system will be demonstrated in Phase I. Phase II would include long-duration life testing of the Phase I chamber as well as the design, fabrication, and testing of a chamber in the 100- to 500-lbf thrust class suitable for a payload ascent vehicle.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government