Ultrahigh Temperature Materials for Missile Defense Propulsion and Aerothermal Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-12-C-7758
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1820
Amount: $995,629.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-T002
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
14 Columbia Drive, Amherst, NH, 03031
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen DiPietro
 (603) 732-0077
Business Contact
 Claire Augustus
Title: Dr.
Phone: (603) 732-0079
Email: claire.augustus@exothermicsinc.com
Research Institution
 Southern Research Institute
 Dr. Sam Causey
 787 Tom Martin Drive
PO Box 55305
Birmingham, AL, 35255-5305
 (205) 581-2371
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The notional performance parameters and kinematic requirements for the SM3 Blk IIB mission would benefit from the availability of advanced materials manufacturing methods that could enhance the technical properties and lower the cost of TDACS components. This Phase 2 STTR proposal addresses the requirement to significantly improve the affordability and performance of ultrahigh temperature capable throttling or solid divert and attitude control system TDACS or componentsof the type that may be found in missile defense interceptors such as SM3 Blk IIB. Exothermics and their Phase 2 partners Aerojet, Materials Research & Design (MR&D) and the Southern Research Institute (SoRI) will endeavor to increase the performance, lower the cost and enhance the property reproducibility of selected TDACS components via the use of tailorable yet cost-effective gas phase nitridation and hot isostatic pressing (HIP) methods. These methods will be used for the cost-effective fabrication of > 4000F-capable HfxN1-x refractory compounds into a variety of components using either bulk or diffusion-bonded HfxN1-x clad onto refractory metal substrates. The program will also conduct an ongoing series of PETM TDACS motor firing tests at Aerojet facilities in Sacramento, CA, in order to validate materials development and optimization work conducted in this program.

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