NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 H5.04-9026
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Hot Structures
PROPOSAL TITLE: Additive Manufacturing Synthesis of Novel Materials for 3000 Degree

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MER Corporation
7960 South Kolb Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 - 9237
(520) 574-1980

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
James Withers
jcwithers@mercorp.com
7960 South Kolb Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 - 9237
(520) 574-1980

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Raouf O Loutfy
rloutfy@mercorp.com
7960 South Kolb Road
Tucson, AZ 85756 - 9237
(520) 574-1980

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Hot Structures is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Environmentally durable material systems capable of operating at temperatures from 1500 to 3000?C while maintaining structural integrity are enabling for future hot structure hypersonic vehicles. State-of-the-art ceramic matrix composite CMC's and other established refractories lack stability at these high temperatures. The plasma transferred arc (PTA) additive manufacturing (AM) process has demonstrated over 4000?C melt synthesis of select eutectic materials which have exhibited cyclic oxidation protection at 2600?C. These novel materials will be further investigated as possible monoliths, graphite fiber reinforced and as a conformal coating on C-C components. The PTA AM synthesized materials will be fully characterized to 3000?C for hypersonic vehicle applications with coupons delivered to NASA.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A material which maintains structural integrity to 3000?C enables hypersonic vehicles, some missile systems and any very high temperature application.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Hypersonic vehicles for DoD, civilian rocketry and space vehicles, some energy conversion application, and some niche industrial application.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Ceramics
In Situ Manufacturing
Processing Methods
Prototyping
Structures

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