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Low-Erosion and Affordable Nozzles for Advanced Air-to-Air Missiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0172
Agency Tracking Number: N121-014-0576
Amount: $79,936.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-014
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-06-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA -
United States
DUNS: 869308346
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Steve Kirkwood
 Dir., Components Eng&Ma
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Michael Bailey
Title: CFO
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

In this Navy Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to demonstrate its oxidative and erosion-resistant high temperature zirconium oxy-carbide (matrix) with carbon fiber (Cf-ZrOCm) ceramic matrix composite (CMC) for nozzles in multi pulse solid rocket motor, low-smoke propellant, tactical air-to-air missiles. Current graphite and carbon phenolic throat and nozzle components will not meet erosion and thermal insulation (heat soak) requirements. MATECH has developed a Cf-ZrOCm structural insulator/propulsion component material system in which the matrix has demonstrated virtually no erosion by H2 Arc Heater testing and by LHMEL laser testing with Mach 0.9 air impingement. This material also exhibits very low thermal conductivity (

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