NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Material Concepts for Lightweight Structure Technology Development
PROPOSAL TITLE:Lightweight High Temperature Non-Eroding Throat Materials For Propulsion Systems

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Materials Research and Design
300 E. Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA 19087-1858
(610) 964-9000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Joseph H. Pluscauskis
300 E. Swedesford Road
Wayne, PA  19087-1858
(610) 964-9000

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The innovation in this proposed effort is the development of lightweight, non-eroding nozzle materials for use in propulsion systems. Lightweight structures are desirable for space transportation vehicle systems in order to reduce launch costs, increase mission flexibility/efficiency, and add robustness with respect to the ability to add weight or additional materials to the mission with minimum sacrifice in performance. The use of non-eroding materials, coupled with lightweight materials, as rocket nozzles can further increase mission flexibility by allowing an increase in performance, higher maximum temperatures, greater speeds, greater range, bigger payloads, and longer lifetimes. The higher maximum temperatures may eliminate the need for cooling air, while simultaneously increasing engine efficiency. Higher maximum use temperature additionally allows for increased stagnation temperatures and pressures, increasing the propellant enthalpy, which, in return, can significantly increase the velocity and performance of the projectile. These benefits result in increased fuel savings. The advanced materials study will include monolithic ceramics, refractory metals, and high temperature ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials. The manufacturing processes for the monolithic ceramics and refractory metal materials will include hot isostatic processing (HIP), vacuum plasma spraying (VPS), electrodeposition. The CMC fabrication processes will include braiding, filament winding, tape wrapping, and involute layup.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
MR&D's core business is design and structural analysis of high temperature materials. The fundamental technology and design tools developed in this SBIR program will allow us to expand our client base and offer more capabilities to our existing customers. Additionally, the technology developed here will be translated to other commercial and government applications to expand the market for refractory material leading edges, nozzles, hypersonic airframes and ramjet engines.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The results of this lightweight, high temperature, non-eroding nozzle material study will have broad ranging applications in the civil aerospace, governmental aerospace companies, as well as aircraft jet engine manufactures and power generation equipment manufacturing companies. Potential customers include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric Power Systems, and ATK-Thiokol.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Database Development and Interfacing
High Energy Propellents (Recombinant Energy & Metallic Hydrogen)
Simulation Modeling Environment
Testing Facilities
Thermal Insulating Materials

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