Project Summary

Proposal Number:

Project Title:Desktop Manufacturing of Ceramic Components for Space Applications

Small Business Concern:
Lone Peak Engineering, Inc.
12660 South Fort St
Draper, UT 84020

Research Institution:
Ames Laboratory
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3020

Principal Investigator/Project Manager: Curtis Griffin


Technical Abstract:
NASA is developing a reusable launch vehicle (RLV) that will make access to space affordable, reliable, and safe. Ames Laboratory has intellectual property regarding the processing of silicon nitride ceramics. Lone Peak Engineering's ceramic laminated object manufacturing (CerLOM() process can be used to rapidly create functional ceramic components for specific applications without hard tooling. In this SBIR project, Ames' silicon nitride technology will be combined with LPE's CerLOM process to develop a ceramic blisk for a turbopump. The overall objective of the Phase I project is to qualify a silicon nitride-CerLOM process that can be used to then prepare silicon nitride components for NASA applications. In Phase II, the silicon nitride-CerLOM process will be fully developed and used to prepare functional silicon nitride blisks for testing in a simplex turbopump test bed at NASA Marshall. LPE will use the process developed in Phase I and II to provide functional silicon nitride components to our customers either as prototypes or to fulfill small orders that do not justify large tooling costs. These customers will come from our current customer base that includes commercial accounts and government installations and agencies.



Potential Commecial Applications:
LPE will use the silicon nitride CerLOM process to provide functional silicon nitride components to our customers either as prototypes or to fulfill small orders that do not justify large tooling costs. These customers will come from our current customer base that includes commercial accounts and government installations and agencies.