Advanced High Temperature Structural Honeycomb TPS
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MATECH Advanced Materials
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102, Westlake Village, CA, 91362-6731
AbstractIn this NASA Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to leverage successfully developed laboratory and pilot scale manufacturing technologies to produce low cost Silicon Oxycarbide (SiOC) fibrous-walled high temperature honeycomb structures, hat stiffeners, and rigid fibrous insulators. A highly scale-able melt blowing fiber manufacturing system was previously developed to produce non-woven mat from preceramic polymer and then formed into a pleated shape using a pleating apparatus. MATECH has shown that the SiOC fibrous ceramic used to make the core retains its mechanical and thermal stability to temperatures up to 1400?C. These robust structural airframe materials can be densified with SiOC and ZrOC (for ultra-high temperature) matrix materials to produce a suite of advanced heat shield components. This suite innovative airframe material systems and fabrication methodology offers robust innovative multifunctional structural high temperature thermal protection systems for demanding high-mass planetary entry, descent, and landing (EDL) applications. The active support and participation of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Boeing bodes well for a successful Phase I effort and follow-on Phase II program. More significantly, the close collaboration with these major industrial stakeholders enhances the likelihood of a successful Phase III transition into commercialization.
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