SBIR Phase II: The Digital Spinneret

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$500,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
1152698
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
1152698
Solicitation Topic Code:
NM
Small Business Information
FFF
10 Cady Hill Boulevard, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866-0000
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
780362815
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Pegna
 (518) 290-6001
 jpegna@fffibers.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Pegna
Phone: (518) 290-6001
Email: jpegna@fffibers.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project will build upon recent advances in nanotechnology and laser processing of materials to pursue the large-scale production of stoichiometrically pure silicon carbide (SiC) fibers which are very difficult to obtain by other means. The transition from laboratory scale to industrial production requires a sea change in manufacturing approach. The proposed research will investigate the parameters involved in creating a "Digital Spinneret" (DS), a novel technology platform which enables the production of large qualities of high-quality fibers. The Phase I project demonstrated feasibility of the Digital Spinneret to produce many fibers in parallel; the Phase II research will extend and optimize this manufacturing method. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will be the enabling of scaled production of high-purity ceramic fibers for application in military and aerospace (turbomachinery, rockets, advanced structures), automobile, medical, energy, and other industries that require advanced materials with exceptional strength, stiffness, heat resistance, and/or chemical resistance. These are fast-growing fiber markets with great potential, and with a collective size exceeding $1 billion. The projected energy footprint of this production method is 1/1000th that of competing methods, providing a huge cost advantage.

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