Low Cost Dual Ceramic Carbon Composites for Friction Applications

Period of Performance: 03/31/2000 - 12/31/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Foster-miller, Inc.
350 Second Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451
Principal Investigator


Foster-Miller and its team members will evaluate and demonstrate the potential uses of continuous fiber reinforced dual ceramic composites with a SiC/BN matrix for aircraft brake applications for current and next generation applications.Foster-Miller has demonstrated fabrication of ceramic matrix composites via the low cost and net shape preceramic polymer route. We propose using a variation of this approach to produce infiltrated carbon composites and test them under simulated service conditions. Our team includes a major ceramics producer and aerospace consortium who have identified improved and cost effective frictional materials as a key enabling technology for several current systems. The follow-on Phase II program will involve scale-up and demonstration of repeatability in properties and development of a model that correlates materials level properties to component level performance. (p00435) The processing method proposed by Foster-Miller involves a lower processing cost than current state of the art processes. Net shape, low cost components produced by this process will have applications in a range of aircraft and automobile systems.