Awards

$80K

Electrolytic Decomposition and Ignition of AF-M315E Monopropellant

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N151-062
Budget: 07/06/15 - 05/06/16
PI: Mr. Matthew J Wright

Ionic liquid monopropellants such as AF-M315E offer many advantages over monopropellant hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide/monomethyl hydrazine (NTO/MMH) bipropellant, including increased specific impulse and density specific impulse as well as greater safety in terms of nontoxicity and insensitivity, which make them attractive for ship-based appl...

$125K

Rapid Manufacturing of Durable, Cost-Effective Ceramic Matrix Composites for High Temperature Structures

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H5.02
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Mr. Timothy R. Stewart

Hypersonic vehicles require durable and cost-effective hot structures that do not impose weight penalties such as those associated with the use of non-structural thermal protection systems. In previous work for NASA and DoD, Ultramet demonstrated the fabrication of carbon fiber-reinforced refractory carbide matrix composites for missile and rail...

$125K

Low-Cost, Lightweight, High-Performance CMC Combustion Chamber for HAN-Based Monopropellant Engines

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: S3.02
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Mr. Timothy R. Stewart

Non-toxic storable liquid propulsion systems are of great interest for use in future exploration missions. Efficient propulsive performance and long-duration storage attributes have made the use of hydrazine widespread across the aerospace community. However, hydrazine is highly corrosive and toxic, creating a need for non-toxic, high-performanc...

$125K

Low-Cost, Lightweight Transpiration-Cooled LOX/CH4 Engine

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H2.01
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Dr. Arthur J. Fortini

The specific impulse of a rocket engine increases as the chamber pressure increases, but so does the heat flux to the chamber wall. Ultimately, this defines the maximum operating pressure for the engine. For regeneratively cooled engines, even those using film cooling, the practical limit has been reached, and further increases in chamber pressu...

$125K

Parahydrogen-Orthohydrogen Catalytic Conversion for Cryogenic Propellant Passive Heat Shielding

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H2.04
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Mr. Matthew J Wright

The Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) laboratory at Washington State University (WSU) recently demonstrated a Cryocatalysis Hydrogen Experiment Facility (CHEF) to characterize parahydrogen-orthohydrogen catalysts for passive heat shielding. Current passive heat shields utilize boiloff vapors from liquid hydrogen (LH2) tanks to refr...

$125K

Green Monopropellant Secondary Payload Propulsion System

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: S3.02
Budget: 06/17/15 - 12/17/15
PI: Mr. Matthew J Wright

In recent work for the Air Force, Ultramet demonstrated nearly one thousand restarts with repeatable pulse performance and steady-state burn characteristics using AF-M315E monopropellant and a novel ignition system. Based on the results of that project, Ultramet received a Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) award from the Air Force to further develop t...

$150K

High-Performance Cellular Lithium Titanate Solid Breeder Material with Enhanced Tritium Release

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 22b
Budget: 06/08/15 - 03/07/16
PI: Mr. Brian E. Williams

Solid breeder materials that have been considered in the past are all lithium-based ceramics, including lithium oxide, silicate, titanate, and zirconate, in pebble-bed configurations to enhance tritium release and recovery. However, the current pebble-bed configuration imposes severe design and operational limitations as a result of poor...

$150K

Innovative Surfaces for Controlled Flow of Liquid Metal

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 22a
Budget: 06/08/15 - 03/07/16
PI: Dr. Arthur J. Fortini

The potential economic, environmental, and strategic benefits associated with the development of fusion energy are numerous. However, application of fusion technology cannot be realized until advanced materials are developed that allow operation under the high heat flux conditions necessary for cost-competitive electric energy generation. Bathin...

$750K

Laser-Directed CVD 3D Printing System for Refractory Metal Propulsion Hardware, Phase II

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H5.01
Budget: 05/27/15 - 05/26/17
PI: James G. Selin

In this work, Ultramet is developing a three-dimensional (3D) laser-directed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) additive manufacturing system to build free-form refractory metal components for liquid rocket propulsion systems. By combining Ultramet's experience in refractory metal fabrication by CVD with computer control of directed laser energy, n...

$750K

Fabrication and Testing of Nuclear-Thermal Propulsion Ground Test Hardware, Phase II

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: H2.04
Budget: 05/26/15 - 05/25/17
PI: Dr. Arthur J. Fortini

Efficient nuclear-thermal propulsion (NTP) requires heating a low molecular weight gas, typically hydrogen, to high temperature and expelling it through a nozzle. The higher the temperature and pressure, the higher the thrust and specific impulse. For ground test facilities that will be heating the gas to temperatures up to 4400F (2425C), the nu...

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