Conformal Coating of Fabric Process Scale-up

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson, to mature and transition the PSI fabric coating technology for production of ceramic composite components for aerospace and other applications.

PSI, their industrial partners, and the Air Force Versatile Advanced Affordable Turbine Engines (VAATE) program are working together to scale-up PSI’s fabric/fiber coating process for manufacture of coated fabric available to the entire industrial community. The process enables fiber reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMC) to operate at the use temperatures necessary for performance upgrades to existing systems and development of the next generations of aircraft propulsion and vehicle components. Additionally, the effort will provide lower cost and more repeatable processing through process improvement and development of documented procedures and standardized manufacturing methods.

Successful development and maturation of fabric/fiber coating process is a critical element in enabling fiber reinforced ceramic composites to operate with performance upgrades for existing systems and development of the next generations of aircraft propulsion and vehicle components at high temperatures. System integrator and component supplier have an increasing need for these fabrics to support several AF initiatives including jet engine and other air vehicle missions. Meeting these supply demands requires further maturation of the coating technology into an industrial process.

Maturation and transition of the PSI industrial coating capability will benefit the Department of Defense (DoD) through the availability of an independent supplier of consistent, cost effective, fiber coatings for CMC component production. This program will support the continued availability of CMC components for critical DoD platforms and for emerging DoD programs. In the longer term, the availability of these coated fibers will speed the development of advanced vehicles.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Fred Lauten
Area Manager, Advanced Composite Technologies
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003