Ultrahigh Temperature Materials for Missile Defense Propulsion and Aerothermal Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-10-C-7388
Agency Tracking Number: B09B-002-0068
Amount: $99,001.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-T002
Solicitation Number: 2009.B
Small Business Information
Exothermics, Inc.
60 Route 101A, Amherst, NH, 03031
DUNS: 959822826
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen DiPietro
 (603) 732-0077
Business Contact
Phone: (603) 732-0079
Email: claire_augustus@exothermicsinc.com
Research Institution
 757 Tom Martin Drive
Birmingham, AL, 35211
 (205) 581-2371
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
This proposal addresses the requirement to significantly improve the affordability, maintainability and performance of KKV DACS components. Exothermics and their Phase 1 partner Southern Research Institute will endeavor to increase the performance, lower the cost and enhance the technical property characteristics of SDACS and hypersonic components by examining the use of a new class of ultrahigh temperature capable materials based on the concept of hafnium alloy coating of C/SiC substrates. The coatings will be applied to the substrates by directed magnetron sputter deposition methods, and, once optimized, these methods and materials will offer outstanding possibilities for fabricating SDACS components such as hot gas valves and hypersonic nosetips having superior technical properties at much reduced cost relative to rhenium, the present material of choice for SDACS hardware. Phase 1 development efforts will focus on producing limited numbers of test articles for simulated SDACS propellant testing at ATK-Elkton in Elkton, MD, and for thermomechanical properties characterization at Southern Research Institute (SoRI) in Birgmingham, AL.

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