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Non-Eroding Hot Gas Components for Strategic Propulsion Systems Produced by Reduced Cost, Rapid Manufacturing Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0122
Agency Tracking Number: N132-146-0301
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-146
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-02-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-10-15
Small Business Information
4914 Moores Mill Road
Huntsville, AL 35811
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Butts
 Senior Materials Engineer
 (256) 851-7653
Business Contact
 Timothy McKechnie
Title: President
Phone: (256) 851-7653
Research Institution

Innovative solutions are sought to reduce cost and lead-time of hot gas valve components located in the post boost control system (PBCS) of the U.S. Navys Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Current PBCS components are based on Nb, Ta10W and TZM, with protective coatings. Although structurally sufficient and compatible with the oxidizing propellant, disadvantages include density, cost and lead-time. A concept promising to reduce weight, cost and lead-time is comprised of a carbon-based core and thin (i.e. <0.075) protective coating. Plasma Processes has successfully demonstrated a variety of components (e.g. nozzle liners, pintles, valves and jet vanes) based on this concept in aluminized and non aluminized hot fire tests. During the Phase I investigation, the team of Plasma Processes, MR&D and ATK will build on past experience to identify economical and robust solutions for PBCS hot gas valve components. Thermal-structural analyses will be employed to model architectures that maintain performance, while minimizing cost and weight. Non-eroding materials (e.g. metals, borides, carbides, nitrides) will focus on those that are compatible with PBCSs oxidative propellant. High strength graphite, C/C, and CMCs will be evaluated for structural support. Promising concepts will be fabricated and tested.

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