Rocket Propulsion Supporting Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9300-08-M-3104
Agency Tracking Number: O081-PR2-1268
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-PR2
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
10010 Cucklebur, Houston, TX, 77095
DUNS: 136944142
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dean Baker
 (661) 373-1729
Business Contact
 Randall Echols
Title: President
Phone: (240) 351-9505
Research Institution
Refractory carbide materials posses the erosion resistance and high temperature strength required for the severe environments experienced by cutting tools, well bore equipment, and rocket nozzles. Refractory carbides (e.g. WC, TaC, and TiC) are usually formed by press and sinter techniques with an additional metallic binder or by forging with some binder. We propose fabricate ceramic metal matrix composites by melt processing, where the carbide phase and the metal phase are formed by eutectic reaction from the liquid. In this new family of materials the low temperature binder phase is replaced with a refractory metal phase, thereby increasing the high temperature strength of the composite, while maintaining room temperature ductility. This innovative approach is possible because of two recent technological advances: Advanced Powder Solutions’ nano encapsulation of ceramic powders by chemical vapor deposition and net shape laser additive manufacturing practice at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. The techniques allow us to synthesize these advanced materials into useful net shape parts.

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