Advanced Material Systems
  Unprecedented capabilities in the harshest environments

Sporian has developed state-of-the-art, high-temperature ceramic insulation technology. Sporamic™ is superior to other insulation due to its high thermal radiation suppression ability. This material has a unique combination of thermal and mechanical properties that make it ideal for thermal protection systems. Sporamic™ has exceptional oxidation and corrosion resistance with low density and high strength. It exhibits vibration resistance, very low moisture absorption, and low friability. Contact us directly to learn more.

Polymer Derived Ceramic SiCN Examples
Torch Testing of Polymer Derived SiCN Ceramic
Polymer Derived SiCN Ceramic Shape Sample

Sporamic™ Advanced Materials

Unmatched thermo-mechanical properties and durability up to 1600°C

Sporamic™ materials enable extremely high temperature-capable non-friable thermal protection based on the thermal properties of the polymer-derived ceramic (PDC) precursors used to produce them. Near-net shape bulk structures and powders can be produced for a wide range of applications including:

  • Additive manufacturing (AM)/ 3D printing
  • Ultra-high temperature (UHT) insulation
  • Polymer infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP)
  • Ceramic matrix composites (CMC)

Check out Sporamic™ Advanced Materials in Action!

Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) testing of Sporian’s ultra-high temperature Sporamic™
insulation material simulates atmospheric re-entry conditions. Special thanks to
University of Texas at Austin and NASA Johnson Space Center for facilitating testing.

Sporamic Brochure (1.7MB PDF)

Key Features Include:

  • Maximum Use Temperature: 1600°C
  • Specific Heat: 0.73 J/(g⋅K)
  • CTE: 2.6 ppm/°C over the range 25-1000°C
  • Emissivity: 0.98 (from 1080-1675 nm at 1450°C)

3D Polymer Printing

3D Printing of Advanced Materials

Polymer derived ceramics are being developed at Sporian for use as UV curable 3D printing materials, providing an additive manufacturing pathway towards multifunctional hot structures for utility in atmospheric entry vehicles. Sporesin™ PDC precursor materials make it easier to create UHT ceramic materials.

Process: Sporian’s additive manufacturing system includes polymer derived ceramic resin qualification, cascade cure time optimization, printing of basic 3D shapes for mechanical testing, and printing of coarse and fine lattice optimized with desired structural properties.

The resulting complex 3D printed objects are UV cured with fine features which can then be infiltrated in foam structures to be used as thermal insulators. These structures are multifunctional for their desired thermal and mechanical properties such that they eliminate the need for a separate thermal protection system.

Sporian's printing process has a design limitation of 50 micron features.

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