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Low Thermal Conductivity Fiber for Solid Rocket Nozzle Insulation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-15-C-0119
Agency Tracking Number: A151-008-0175
Amount: $99,372.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A15-008
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-02-27
Small Business Information
31304 Via Colinas, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States
DUNS: 869308346
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Rosengren
 Program Manager
 (818) 991-8500
Business Contact
 Michael Bailey
Title: Mr.
Phone: (818) 991-8500
Research Institution

In this Phase I SBIR program, MATECH proposes to demonstrate production of continuous carbon fibers from a domestically sustainable rayon fiber precursor as a drop-in replacement for legacy viscose rayon based fiber in extreme Ultra High Temperature (UHT) Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) nozzles. The SRM industry has identified rayon precursor fiber as a critical material for the continued long-term production and development of SRM systems. To date, there is no domestic equivalent nor is there a commercially viable equivalent process to make these cellulosic fibers without the use of highly polluting and toxic chemicals. MATECH has partnered with the University of Alabama in Huntsville to leverage the Kaukler-Process (a green process that employs safe and recyclable ionic liquids) and MATECHs substantial experience in process scale-up, heat treatment, and spool-to-spool continuous fiber manufacturing, to lift an innovative low cost, low conductivity, domestically sustainable aerospace-grade carbon fibers as reinforcement for carbon phenolic ablative rocket nozzle insulators as an alternative to NARC/Enka rayon-based carbon fibers still in use today. MATECH and its corporate partners plan to identify potential road-blocks to scale-up to mature this technology, raising both the TRL and MRL of ILCF in activities notionally planned for the Phase II effort.

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