Santa Fe, New Mexico Nov 5-9, 2017
Dr. Joe Pegna (Chief Scientist) and Dr. Shay Harrison (Senior Materials Scientist) prepared posters for this international conference. The conference covered achievements to date in high performance Ceramic Matrix Composites design and manufacturing (primarily in the aviation and power turbine domain) and the key challenges facing the community. The topics covered by Pegna and Harrison were, respectively, “How not to measure the tensile strength of high-modulus fibers” and “Cost-performance analysis of silicon carbide fibers”, which won one of the poster awards.
ORNL Invited Speaker Series August 24th, 2017
Dr. Shay Harrison was invited to be the first speaker in a seminar series on high temperature structural composite material systems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Materials Processing and Joining group. His presentation was titled “Laser Chemical Vapor Deposition and CMCs”, which provided an overview of the Fiber Laser Printer™ technology and the range of fiber compositions that have been produced and their associated material properties.
US Congressman Paul Tonko (U.S. Representative from New York’s 20th congressional district) visited Free Form Fibers’ Saratoga Springs facilities to learn more about the company’s successful development of a scaled technology for the production of advanced ceramic and other inorganic fibers using its Fiber Laser Printer™ technology. The Congressman, an engineer by education, learned about the underlying technology and market forces motivating the support of this important technology by the government. The Small Business Innovative Research grant program from agencies like DOE, NSF, and NASA has been crucial in helping to further the company’s Laser-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (LCVD) technology development.
Free Form Fibers served as editor and contributor to the update/revision of Volume 5 of the fiber reinforcement section of the Composites Materials Handbook 17. CMH-17 creates, publishes and maintains proven, reliable information and standards, subject to thorough technical review, to support the development and use of composite materials and structures. Volume 5 is the ceramic matrix composite (CMC) handbook.
National Space Missile and Materials Symposium 2017 annual meeting Palm Springs, California
“Ultra-High Temperature CMC Interphase” on June 27th, 2017 as part of the Emerging Materials and Novel Processing Technologies session.
Free Form Fibers’ Dr. Shay Harrison chaired the Ceramics Matrix Composites session entitled Evaluating Advances in CMC Processing and Manufacturing Technologies. He also gave a talk in the session, titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Manufacturing SiC Fibers for CMCs”.
Free Form Fibers was one of ten high technology start-up companies worldwide (one of only two from the US) invited to the JEC World 2017 Conference in Paris. This special group was brought together to highlight some of the most important new technologies of interest to the composites industry. Dr. John Schneiter, CEO of Free Form Fibers, gave a presentation about the potential and reality of Laser Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (LCVD) to produce high performance fibers such as silicon carbide, boron, boron carbide, and others to radically improve the performance of next-generation ceramic matrix composites, and to do so with surprising cost effectiveness. Dr. Joseph Pegna, lead co-founder and Chief Scientist of Free Form Fibers was at the conference and remarked that “This is a landmark achievement for Free Form Fibers. We have worked long and hard to scale this technology to produce inorganic fibers of highest purity and performance, and it is an honor to be recognized in this way.”
Dr. Shay Harrison, Senior Materials Scientist at Free Form Fibers, was interviewed in advance of the 2017 Ceramics Expo to discuss the role of silicon carbide fiber in advanced ceramic matrix composites for aerospace applications.
International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites 2017 Daytona Beach, Florida
“Design, Evaluation, and Manufacturing of Integrated TRISO-Inspired Fuel” on January 25th, 2017 as part of the Accident Tolerant Fuels technical sessions.
United States Advanced Ceramics Association 2017 annual meeting Cocoa Beach, Florida
“Strength vs. Grain Growth of Laser-Printed Stoichiometric Silicon Carbide Fibers” on January 23rd, 2017 as part of the Ceramic Matrix Composites session.