Highly Affordable Net- and Near-Net Forming of Fully Dense TaC for Boost Nozzle Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7694
Agency Tracking Number: A2-2764a
Amount: $249,631.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA05-068
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 959822826
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen DiPietro
 (603) 732-0077
Business Contact
 Claire Augustus
Title: Controller
Phone: (603) 732-0079
Email: augustus@choiceonemail.com
Research Institution
This Phase 2 SBIR proposal addresses the technical and manufacturing challenges associated with development of cost-effective materials solutions for ultrahigh temperature solid rocket motor throat components V particularly those associated with boost nozzle solid rocket motor (SRM) or solid divert/attitude control SDACS components for vehicles such as KEI and SM-3. Exothermics and their Phase 2 partners ATK Launch Systems Division, MR & D and the Southern Research Insitute will seek to increase the reliability, producibility and performance of aluminized and nonaluminized propellant throat and nozzle hardware by systematically optimizing, testing and then deploying a new family of net-formed ultrahigh temperature (>3000aC) tantalum carbide- and hafnium nitride-based refractory compounds and cermets. These UHT materials will be manufactured in net or near-net shape fashion using novel hot isostatic pressing (HIP) densification methods we developed in our Phase 1 SBIR program. Based upon the highly successful outcome of our Phase 1 efforts pertaining to forming of TaC-based compounds and our partnership with ATK Launch Systems Division, we believe that this Phase 2 program represents an excellent opportunity for fielding a new generation of UHT solid propulsion components with performance and cost attributes that are superior to legacy materials such as thoriated tungsten.

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