Thor Technologies, Inc.

3013 Aztec Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
5 Employees

SBIR Award Summary

Total Number of Awards 28
Total Value of Awards $5.27MM
First Award Date 01/01/00
Most Recent Award Date 08/08/13

Key Personnel

Last Name Name Awards Contact
Schwab Dr. Stuart T. Schwab 22 Message
Kepley Larry J. Kepley 7 Message
Schwab Vicki M. Schwab 3 Message
Jacobsen George Jacobsen 1 Message

28 Awards Won

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Southern Research Institute

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD12-T07
Budget: 08/08/13 - 02/11/14

The proposed work will result in a method for production of dense, hard, tough, strong tungten carbide (WC) ceramic material for ultimate use as the penetrating core in armor piercing projectiles. Focus is on the development and feasibility of a titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2) based matrix as a replacement for cobalt based materials currentl...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 21 B-2012
Budget: 01/01/12 - 12/31/12

Improved cladding materials are needed for better structural stability in the corrosive high-pressure, hot-water environment of light water reactors, not only to extend fuel rod lifetime and increase fuel utilization (i.e., burn-up), but also to stave off run- away, active oxidation and melting of the rods under loss of coolant conditions. Pro...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N08-154
Budget: 11/10/10 - 11/10/13

This Phase II effort will demonstrate a standard method of measuring the high-temperature, inter-laminar tensile (HT-ILT) strength of ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs). Jet engines with higher turbine gas temperatures for higher specific thrust and efficiencies require the use of SiC/SiC CMCs with known mechanical properties at high temperature (...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N091-011
Budget: 05/11/09 - 11/11/09

For significant advancements to occur in the implementation of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in aeroengine airfoil applications, silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic matrix that forms corrosion resistant scale is needed for the combustion environment. Particularly troublesome is the accelerated surface oxidation and recession that proceeds due to re...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N08-154
Budget: 09/02/08 - 08/09/10

Continuous fiber reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are desired for aerospace applications due to the strength and toughness imparted by incorporation of embedded long fibers of carbon or silicon carbide into a ceramic matrix. Oxidative degradation at high temperature is the predominant factor limiting the use of CMCs in jet engine appl...

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Southwest Research Institute

Agency: Navy
Topic: N04-T001
Budget: 09/07/06 - 03/07/08

Desire to operate gas-turbine engines at higher gas temperatures, beyond melting points of metal airfoil components, for improved engine efficiency and performance, drives demand for more durable, less conductive ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) that insulate metals from hot gas streams. Particularly for aircraft, TBCs must withstand the...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF04-031
Budget: 04/29/05 - 07/30/07

The next generation of hypersonic vehicles will require sharp leading edges on the forebody and control surfaces to maximize down- and cross-range capability. Current thermal protection structure materials do not posses the thermochemical stability to withstand the high aerothermal loads of sharp leading edges. Thor Technologies will leverage ...

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 05-2
Budget: 01/01/05 - 12/31/05

The Phase I Project demonstrated the capability of the Pyrowave? manufacturing process to produce fiber-reinforced ceramics (FRCs) with integral metal features, such as attachment lugs or tubes. In addition, the Phase I Project demonstrated the utility of thermography as a simple, rapid, and inexpensive inspection tool. With the increased emph...

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Southwest Research Institute

Agency: Navy
Topic: N04-T001
Budget: 07/15/04 - 05/15/05

Military and commercial gas turbine engines used in aircraft, in ships, and for utility power generation require more durable and more reliable hot-section components to achieve their "design" service life. Less durable parts lead to increases in unscheduled (and costly) outages, inspections, repairs, and major overhauls. For aircraft applicati...

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA04-067
Budget: 05/24/04 - 11/24/04

Interest in silicon-carbide based optics continues to grow because of the material's low density, high stiffness, and other properties. Unfortunately, fabrication of optical quality surfaces on SiC is exceedingly slow and costly. Thor Technologies has teamed with the New Mexico Tech Optical Surface Technologies group to demonstrate an innovati...

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