Fi-Bar™ - Expanding the Performance Limits of Materials
|AFFILIATION:||Advanced Ceramic Fibers, LLC (ACF), Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States|
Track: Advanced Materials
Area: Structural & Multifunctional Materials
Tech Readiness: TRL 5
Tech Brief: Fi-Bar™ is a carbon-based, high-temperature, high-strength fiber that acts like re-bar in metals, ceramics, and polymers. When incorporated into a matrix it adds strength (>800 Ksi), reduces weight (up to 50%), and withstands temperatures up to 4,000F for extreme and high performance environment applications.
Value Proposition: The Navy is seeking to increase the operating temperature of gas turbine engines up to 2700+F. This will enable the warfighter to have a tactical advantage during combat. ACF is focused on exceeding this objective by providing improved performance, reduced weight, and lower costs of platforms that support the warfighter. Ceramic matrix composites (CMC's) extend operating temperatures to achieve the Navy's goal of a 2,700+F turbine engine. Fi-Bar™ is high-performance “re-bar” for metals and ceramics making them stronger, lighter, and more heat tolerant. Fi-Bar™ ceramic composites support the NAVY's goals for turbine engines to operate above 2,700F and also for affordable steel and aluminum composites for armor and structural applications. ACF's goal is to increase the warfighter's turbine engine efficiency by 15%-20% realizing fuel savings >$1M per aircraft per year by incorporating Fi-Bar™-infused CMC's into hot-section engine components. With increased operational temperatures, gas turbine engines can operate at higher levels of performance, giving the warfighter greater tactical advantages. In addition, increased turbine engine operating temperatures extend the operating lifetimes of critical components,reduce emissions, increase the time between inspections, and provide greater performance reliability. "We don't make turbine engines, we just make them run faster, longer, and safer!"
Org Type: Mid-stage Startup (A or B)