SYNTHESIS OF ULTRAHIGH PURITY SUBMICRON BORON CARBIDE POWDERS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3608
Amount: $396,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Refractory Technologi
699 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY, 14207
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Peter Shaffer
 (716) 875-4091
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
MATERIALS FOR SPACECRAFT STRUCTURES ARE REQUIRED WHICH POSSESS HIGH STIFFNESS TO WEIGHT RATIOS, ALONG WITH CHEMICAL AND DIMENSIONAL STABILITY IN SPACE ENVIRONMENTS. B(4)C HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATIOS AND CAN BE FABRICATED INTO DENSE BODIES. OPTIMAL COMPOMENT PERFORMANCE WILL LIKELY REQUIRED AN IMPROVED B(4)C POWDER WHICH IS NOT AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY NOW. A PROPRIETARY HIGH TEMPERATURE REACTOR HAS BEEN OPERATED WHICH CAN PRODUCE ULTRAHIGH PURITY, SUBMICRON POWDERS. APPLICATION OF THIS REACTOR TECHNOLOGY TO THE SYNTHESIS OF B(4)C POWDERS SHOULD RESULT IN IMPROVED MATERIALS - BOTH CERAMICS AND COMPOSITES - FOR SPACE STRUCTURES.

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