The Center for Biological Physics at UCLA gratefully acknowledges an endowment provided by Richard Kaplan, a UCLA physics alumnus (MS 1962) and founder of the research and development company Ultramet. Thanks to this generous award, the Center will be able to offer the Kaplan Ultramet Award in Biological Physics, beginning in Fall 2014, to a deserving graduate and undergraduate student each year. This award will not only help support student research at UCLA, it will also provide new opportunities for promising students to broaden their study of physics by attending international research institutes, participating in conferences, and visiting collaborators world-wide. Read more
The Parker Solar Probe
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to “touch” the Sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star’s surface. The Parker Solar Probe officially launched on August 12, 2018 at 3:31 a.m. EDT (7:31 UTC).
Explore how Ultramet helped design and manufacture a revolutionary heat shield able to withstand extreme heat. Read More
Ultramet’s work in melt infiltration of refractory ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) is featured in the August 2014 issue of Ceramic Industry.
Refractory CMCs are of considerable interest for a range of high temperature and severe environment applications. Ultramet’s melt infiltration process promotes rapid, cost-effective fabrication of CMCs.
For more than a decade Ultramet manufactured rhenium components for the solid divert and attitude control system of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3), Block IA, the Navy’s mobile ballistic intercept system.
Ultramet’s open-cell ceramic foam was an enabling technology for a modified RV-4 aircraft that won the $50,000 Noise Prize in the 2007 CAFE Foundation’s NASA Personal Air Vehicle Centennial Challenge on August 11, 2007, in Santa Rosa, California. The muffler on the RV-4 was lined with Ultramet’s silicon carbide foam broadband sound absorber and was built using Ultramet’s assembly techniques. While flying at 192 mph, the aircraft operated at a noise level three times quieter than that of most small aircraft.
Ultramet’s work in advancing structural thermal protection systems, particularly for the scramjet, is included in the 2007 edition of AFRL Technology Milestones.
Published annually by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio), AFRL Technology Milestones is used by AFRL to inform leadership and the general public of significant technology advances and revolutionary developments in the Air Force research program
NASA has included four Ultramet SBIR programs among its SBIR/STTR Success Stories:
Fiber-Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites for High-Temperature Environments
High Temperature Oxidation-Resistant Thruster Materials
High Temperature Turbine Blades
Lightweight Structural Foams from Ceramic Materials