Ballydel Technologies will partner with the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory (PSU-ARL) to develop a novel manufacturing approach for joining two dissimilar ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Specifically, Ballydel and PSU-ARL will develop a field-assisted sintering technique (FAST) for joining 2D and 3D carbon-carbon composite planes. FAST is a disruptive manufacturing technique that produces sintered solids with near theoretical density, in a dramatically shorter period of time (<20 minutes), when compared to traditional sintering methods. The goal of this endeavor is to demonstrate the utility of this technique for the manufacture of a variety of hypersonic components, suitable for defense and aerospace applications.
The development of a FAST process for joining C-C composite structural components will directly address an industry need for an efficient manufacturing process that enables the structural joining of two dissimilar CMCs or two dissimilar C-C composites for high temperature applications. This will subsequently impact a variety of aerospace structures use in space flight, include reusable hot structure components.
Primary applications for this technology include C-C composites for reusable hot structures and aerospace vehicles used in space flight missions. Secondary applications include C-C composite architectures for hypersonic applications within Department of Defense.