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Lightweight and Environmentally Durable Propulsion Components, Phase II

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Lightweight and Environmentally Durable Propulsion Components, Phase II
Silicon carbide matrix composites can produce turbomachinery structures with 1500oC service temperature capability at less than one-half the weight of metallic structures. This would translate into substantial improvement in rocket (or aircraft) system performance. However, SiC composites do not have adequate long term stability under hot, humid turbine engine conditions. Thus, reliable environmental barrier coating (EBC) technology needs to be developed for SiC composites for long duration or reusable turbomachinery applications. The preceding SBIR Phase I program proved feasibility of our technology to improve environmentally durability of silicon carbide CMCs. The Phase II program will refine coating materials and processes. A comprehensive test matrix is included to assess repeatability in environmental barrier performance. Next, this technology will be used to produce representative turbine engine test articles. Surmet has teamed with a major prime contractor, so as to develop technology that is useful towards near-term NASA systems. Key environmental barrier testing work will be conducted at specialized test facility that simulates turbine engine environment. Thus, the Phase II program will provide a strong foundation for a follow-on Phase III program which will start implementation into specific NASA system(s). More »

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