Ceramic Forming Polymers

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Starfire® Systems produces two families of ceramic forming polymers:

Silicon Carbide (SiC) - Polycarbosilane Based

Ceramic Forming Polymers

These proprietary Starfire® Systems polymers are our original technology and yield near stoichiometric SiC ceramics when converted. They are our highest strength polymers, thermally stable to 2500°C +, and available in new, hot melt versions.

Starfire's advanced technology offers a polymer route to near stoichiometric silicon carbides, delivering the benefits of SiC ceramic composites without the sintering and machining challenges. Our polymers form a high-strength green part with cure temperatures as low as 200°C and then form SiCs with nanoscale grain sizes as low as 800°C.

Highlights:

  • Ability to mold complex, near net-shaped ceramic composite components
  • Features a low temperature green cure
  • Ceramic is formed using low cost furnaces
  • Nanoscale ceramic grain yields tough parts
  • Products are flexible - they feature low viscosity for infiltration or hot melt for layups
  • Materials are lightweight, corrosion resistant, and temperature resistant
  • Materials increase friction while reducing wear

Applications:

  • SiC ceramic matrix composite components
  • Infiltrate low cost preform for enhanced performance
  • Suitable for a variety of structural, thermal, or friction uses

Silicon Oxycarbide (SiOC) - Polysiloxane Based

Our silicon oxycarbide resins are Starfire® Systems' newest technology that is specifically designed to offer a tough, durable ceramic for moderate service temperatures. Starfire® Systems' technology produces low cost, high performance silicon oxycarbide ceramics with configurable properties.

We have the ability to customize the ratios of Si-O-C and have the most cost effective ceramic formers on the market with services up to 1200°C.

Highlights:

  • Strong cost / performance value proposition
  • Mold complex near net-shaped ceramic composite parts
  • Composite design flexibility (e.g., 2D layup, preform, BMC)
  • Green cure in conventional presses and molds
  • Low cost furnaces for firing ceramic
  • Configurable ratio of Si-O-C in ceramic
  • Lightweight, corrosion, and temperature resistant

Applications:

  • Ceramics up to 1200°C
  • Oxidation protective coatings to at least 1200°C
  • Ceramic Matrix forming by conventional techniques (e.g., RTM, VARTM, slip casting, infiltrating)