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Company Information:

Company Name: TRS Ceramics, Inc.
City: State College
State: PA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (814) 238-7485

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $6,637,568.00 81
SBIR Phase II $23,246,334.00 37
STTR Phase I $488,677.00 6
STTR Phase II $2,737,758.00 3

Award List:

RELAXOR FERROELECTRIC PB(MG1/3NB2/3)03 FOR THIN FILM CAPACITORS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Douglas Holmes , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,800.00
Abstract:
This program's objective is to establish the relaxor ferroelectric pb(mg1/2nbs/3)o3 (pmn) as the material of choice for thin film capacitors in dram and electronic packaging applications.in contrast to "normal" ferroelectrics, e.g., batio3 and pzt, relaxors offer high dielectric constants… More

Substrate Applications in Electronic Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joseph Fielding, Jr.
Award Amount: $48,416.00
Abstract:
Substrate materials for high performance packaging in microelectronics require thermal expansion matching to Si and GaAs chips, low dielectric constants, and processing temperatures compatible with thick film technology. Other requirements may include integrated packages incorporating a level of… More

High Performance Piczoelectric and Electrostrictive

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Fielding, Jr.
Award Amount: $49,314.00

High Performance Piczoelectric and Electrostrictive

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Joseph Fielding, Jr.
Award Amount: $568,549.00
Abstract:
Piezoelectric ceramic sensors and multilayer actuators with enhanced performance are required for applications in health monitoring and active vibration control in space structures. The technology of producing highly reactive submicron perovskite (ABO3) materials known as "reactive calcination" is… More

Fabrication of 2-D Array Transducers Using Thick Film/LTCC-M Hybrid Microelectronic Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $42,000.00
Abstract:
This SBIR project will establish the potential of thick film LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) technology for the fabrication of two-dimensional array transducers for ultrasonic imaging. The development of thick film piezoelectric inks offers the ability to fabricate large (nxm) element… More

Single Crystal Relaxor Ferroelectrics for High Performance Bio-Medical Ultrasound Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Pickrell
Award Amount: $99,000.00

Single Crystal Relaxor Ferroelectrics for High Performance Bio-Medical Ultrasound Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Pickrell
Award Amount: $550,000.00
Abstract:
The TRP-SBIR project will address the synthesis and characterization of single crystal relaxor ferroelectrics for high performance bio-medical transducers. The ability to grow single crystals of various relaxor-based compositions with specific crystallographic orientations offers piezoelectric,… More

Multilayer Capacitors Utilizing Phase Change Ceramics for High Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DTRA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $98,484.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR program, high volumetric efficiency, energy storage capacitors are proposed using phase change ceramics. These materials are nonlinear dielectrics that make use of electric field induced antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transition to store more energy per volume than… More

Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors with Broad Operating Temperature Range (-55 to 350 degrees C)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $99,845.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR program, high volumetric efficiency (>100uF/cm3) multilayer capacitors will be developed with at least X7R temperatue dependence (+ 15% change in capacitance) over the range -55 degrees C to 350 degees C. Three approaches will be adopted to accompish these goals: (1) the… More

Voltage Tunable Ferroelectric Composites for Phased Array Radar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $98,865.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I program will address the fabrication and testing of voltage variable dielectrics (VVD) in which the refractive index (n) can be E-field tuned providing electronic scanning in the microwave regions. In collaboration with Hughes' Radar Division, the manufacturing of large area… More

High Performance Multilayer Actuators: Templated Crystal Growth

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $98,750.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I program will address the fabrication and testing of pseudo single crystal relaxor ferroelectrics (PMN:PT) for high performance electromechanical actuators. In collaboration with Innovation Powder Technology, Inc. the crystallographic orientation of solid state grown PMN:PT will be… More

Single Crystal Growth of Relaxor Based Piezoelectric Materials for High Performance Transducers.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $69,775.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program will address the fabrication and testing of large relaxor based piexolectric single crystals (PMN:PT), to meet size requirements for various DOD transducer applications. Crystals of PMN:PT will be directly grown from the melt in encapsulated… More

Electric Field Strictors For Crygenic Acutators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger , DIRECTOR OF R&D
Award Amount: $69,649.00

Multilayer Capacitors Utilizing Phase Change Ceramics for High Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NGA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $748,244.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR program, high volumetric efficiency, energy storage capacitors are proposed using phase change ceramics. These materials are nonlinear dielectrics that make use of electric field induced antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transition to store more energy per volume than… More

Multilayer Capacitors Utilizing Large Dielectric Permittivity Polymers for High Energy Storage

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dr. Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $64,936.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR, high energy storage capacitors are proposed based on the breakthrough technology of large dielectric permittivity polymers. Based on the P(VDF-TrFE) systems, these polymers exhibit relaxor ferroelectric behavior when irradiated; that is, high dielectric permittivity (sr~l OO)… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $749,352.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger
Award Amount: $596,309.00

Single Crystal Piezoelectrics For Cryogenic Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, Director of R&D
Award Amount: $69,938.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $98,942.00
Abstract:
Not Available As air traffic control evolves toward a more automated system, with decreasing direct control by air traffic controllers, a serious issue arises as to the likelihood that chaotic behavior will occur, and the likelihood that this chaotic behavior will res

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dean Anderson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $64,500.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Staff Scientist
Award Amount: $64,721.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, Director of R&D
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, Director of R&D
Award Amount: $598,475.00

Development of High Frequency Ultrasound Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $0.00

Development of High Frequency Ultrasound Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $466,741.00

High-Q, Tunable Microwave Superconducting Strip-Line Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dean Anderson, Director, New Product Dev
Award Amount: $64,867.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR program is to develop a high Q (>10,000) tunable filter by using a cryogenic piezoelectric actuator to adjust the position of a split-ring stripline resonator made from high temperature superconductor. The critical technology in thiswork is the recent development of single… More

Electrostatic Discharge Analysis of Reactive Material Formulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ming-Jen Pan, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Recently it was discovered that a relaxor ferroelectric copolymer consisting of poly(vinylidene flouride - trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) exhibits a dielectric constant >60, more than 20 times the values of existing polymer film capacitors. In this SBIRprogram, TRS Ceramis and its subsidiary Centre… More

Performance Improvements to 2-D Ultrasound Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $106,166.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Provided by Applicant): This proposed program uses advanced patterning and alignment technology from the multiplayer ceramic packaging industry to construct 2-D ultrasound arrays with multiplayer PZT posts to increase capacitance and, therefore,… More

Low Cost, High-Purity Boron-Rich Boron Carbide Powders for Lightweight Aerospace Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, General Manager
Award Amount: $64,801.00
Abstract:
For this SBIR Phase I program, TRS Ceramics and the Georgia Institute of Technology will develop a powder modification process and optimized sintering atmospheres for the fabrication of stoichiometric, high-density B4C ceramics. Use of carborane additivesis proposed to 1) increase the boron content… More

Electro-Optic laser Steering Device for High Speed Optical Data Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, General Manager
Award Amount: $64,979.00
Abstract:
This small business innovation research (SBIR) program will address the design and fabrication of a novel optical beam steering device employing relaxor based ferroelectric single crystals. A new family of nonlinear optical materials, namely,Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 single crystals (PZN-PT) which… More

Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators for Membrane Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Ming-Jen Pan, Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,595.00
Abstract:
Single crystal relaxor piezoelectrics based on Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)1-xTixO3 will be investigated for use as actuator plates with an interdigitated electrode pattern providing nearly ?33? mode actuation in the direction of the plate?s longest dimension and as ?31? mode devices driven without electrical… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul Rehrig, Director of R&D
Award Amount: $63,667.00
Abstract:
"The properties of single crystal piezoelectrics will be exploited for broad bandwidth, high frequency sonar. Crystal sonar investigations based on Tonpilz transducers utilizing the "33" resonance mode have shown limitations on bandwidth due to less thanideal resonator aspect ratio. This is a… More

HIGH FREQUENCY ULTRASOUND ARRAYS MECHANICAL SCANNING

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
Description (Provided by Applicant): The need fcr high frequency ultrasound probes is becoming increasingly important as more application for fine-featured imaging in the eye, blood vessels and skin are developed. However, there are a number of difficulties with fabricating high frequency (30 to 75… More

High Temperature Piezoelectric Systems for Actuators and Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,929.00
Abstract:
Ceramic materials with the general formula (1-x)Bi(Me)O3-xPbTiO3 (Me = Sc, In, Yb, or Fe) have been shown to have Curie temperatures ranging from 450 to >600¿C, 100 to > 250¿C higher than the highest temperature PZT compositions. Furthermore, theBi(Me)-PT materials have room temperature… More

High-Q, Tunable Microwave Superconducting Strip-Line Filters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dean Anderson, Director of Engineering
Award Amount: $749,912.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Phase II SBIR program is to develop high Q, tunable microwave filters by using a cryogenic piezoelectric actuator to mechanically tune a high temperature superconducting resonator. This device will enable a broad range ofcivilian and military applications that require… More

Single Crystal Actuators for Deformable Membrane Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
Single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed as a means of increasing actuator authority while maintaining strain precision for adaptive optics mirrors used in directed energy applications. These materials exhibit 5 to 10 times the strain ofconventional ceramic piezoelectrics with equivalent… More

High Temperature Capacitors for Power Converters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward Alberta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
High temperature capacitors based on a new family of ferroelectrics are proposed. The Curie temperatures of the (1-x)BiMeO3 - (x) PbTiO3 (Me = Sc, In, Yb, or Fe) family have been found to range from 450C to >600C. Multilayer ceramic capacitors based on these materials offer a distinct advance in the… More

Flux-Bridgman Growth of Large PZN-PT Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $98,910.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. is pleased to respond to DARPA's request for cost effective manufacturing of high performance piezoelectric single crystals. The objective of the Phase I program is to develop a cost-effective fabrication process for manufacturinglarge relaxor piezoelectric PZN-PT crystals by… More

Innovative Production of PYbN-PT Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $98,902.00
Abstract:
The objective of the proposed Phase I SBIR program is to greatly improve the performance of piezoelectric ceramics by combining recent new material discoveries with intelligent processing. Specifically high Curie temperature (Tc) Pb(Yb1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3(PYbN-PT) ferroelectrics will be fabricated… More

High Temperature Capacitors for Power Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Michael Lanagan
Abstract:
The development of passive components for power generation and distribution has not kept pace with the rapid advances in wide band gap semiconductors. As a result, a large portion of the size and weight of power electronics systems is due to passivedevices such as capacitors. The most commonly… More

Crystal Transducers for Ultrasound Harmonic Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $95,231.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Ultrasound harmonic imaging with contrast agents is an extremely useful method for observing blood perfusion in hard to image areas such as fine capillaries in the organs of the abdomen and cardiac imaging through the ribs Nonlinear acoustic scattering from… More

SBIR Phase I: Texturing of High Curie Temperatures (Tc) Piezoelectrics by Templated Grain Growth

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon
Award Amount: $99,655.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Project will lead to the fabrication process of Bismuth Scantanate-Lead Titanate(BiScO3-PbTiO3) ceramics with a textured microstructure to yield materials with very large piezoelectric properties over a broad temperature range. In the… More

Micromachined Single Crystals for HF Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): High frequency ultrasound is needed for high resolution imaging applications in dermatology, ophthalmology, intravascular imaging, and laproscopy. The purpose of the proposed effort will be to develop a novel lithography-based micromachining method for single… More

High Temperature Capacitors for Power Converters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Chris Walk, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,967.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, TRS Technologies and its subsidiary, Centre Capacitor, will develop a new family of high volumetric efficiency, high temperature capacitors based on high Curie temperature relaxor-ferroelectric ceramics that operate at temperatures far beyond conventional X7R and X8R dielectric… More

Cost Effective Production of Large, Compositionally Uniform Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $749,942.00
Abstract:
For this program TRS will optimize the zone melting Bridgman process for the production of PMN-PT crystals greater than 2" in diameter. TRS will also further refine the growth process such as growing the crystals along , which will enable significant improvement to the manufacturability of the… More

Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators for Adaptive Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $98,972.00
Abstract:
Single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed as a means of significantly increasing the stroke of a smart actuator to control the trailing edge flap of a helicopter rotor for vibration control and noise suppression. Conventional piezoelectric ceramic actuators have exhibited inadequate… More

High Energy Density Relaxor Ferroelectric Terpolymer Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, President
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Relaxor terpolymers (PVDF-TrFe-CTFE) exhibit dielectric constants > 60, 20 to 30 times the value of conventional film dielectrics such as polypropylene and polyester. As a result the new terpolymer has an energy density of over 10 J/cc at half the electric field of conventional polymer film. For… More

Advanced Actuator Concepts for High Precision Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,971.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes to develop a variety of single crystal actuators for adaptive optics deformable mirrors. Single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed as a means of increasing actuator authority while maintaining strain precision for adaptive optics deformable mirrors used in future… More

Single Crystal Piezomotor for Large Stroke, High Precision and Cryogenic Actuations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Rehrig, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes a novel single crystal piezomotor for large stroke, high precision, and cryogenic actuations with capability of position set-hold with power-off. The proposed concept will advance the state-of-art cryogenic actuations considering the excellent cryogenic properties (with d33… More

Single Crystal Piezoelectric Tonpilz Elements for Small Footprint, High Power Acoustic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & Development
Award Amount: $69,948.00
RI Contact: Richard J. Meyer
Abstract:
For this Phase I STTR program, TRS proposes to investigate the use of single crystal piezoelectric tonpilz elements for small footprint, high power acoustic sensors. Target applications are detection and homing acoustic sensors for small diameter (less than seven inches) vehicle platforms. Planar… More

High Temperature Electrostrictive Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward Alberta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,936.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes to develop high temperature electrostrictors from bismuth-based ferroelectrics. These materials will exhibit high strain and low loss in the 400 to 500?C temperature range, enabling the development of robotic components such as high power ultrasonic transducers and high… More

Cryogenic Capacitors for Low-Temperature Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes to develop low-temperature multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) capable of operating at cyrogenic temperatures (

Composites of Phase Change Dielectrics and Glass-ceramic for High Power Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Scientist
Award Amount: $69,990.00
Abstract:
High-temperature, high-energy density capacitors are essential for state-of-the-art all-electric equipment including rail guns and other weapons, electromagnetic launchers, sensors, vehicles, and ships. High energy density capacitors can only be achieved using materials with both high dielectric… More

Composites of Phase Change Dielectrics and Glass-ceramic for High Power Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Improved capacitor technologies are required for future power electronics and pulsed power systems being considered by the Navy as part of the All Electric Ship initiative. Using a single electrical generation system to supply power to both drive and auxiliary ship systems will enable much more… More

Naval Device Applications of Relaxor Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $829,864.00
Abstract:
The objectives of this Phase II program are to demonstrate the feasibility of high frequency Tonpilz transducers utilizing PMN-PT single crystal "32" mode resonators poled along . TRS will prepare and characterize the properties of the "32" mode samples by determining the full property matrix for… More

Crystal Transducers for Harmonic Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $746,540.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Contrast agent harmonic imaging has become a very important tool for studying blood perfusion. Due to the extensive amount of angiogenesis that occurs around malignant tumors, the use of ultrasound contrast agents has the potential to improve cancer diagnosis and… More

Advanced Electroactive Single Crystal and Polymer Actuator Concepts for Passive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,877.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes large stroke and high precision piezoelectric single crystal and electroactive polymer actuator concepts?HYBrid Actuation System (HYBAS) for cryogenic passive optics devices such as Fabry-Perot interferometer and Fourier Transform Spectrometer for NASA remote sensing… More

Relaxor Terpolymer-Ceramic Composites for High Dielectric Constant, Energy Storage Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, President
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
In this proposed effort TRS Technologies will demonstrate the feasibility of using relaxor ferroelectric polymer-ceramic composites for energy storage capacitors. Pulsed power systems such as electromagnetic and electrothermal guns, directed energy weapons, electromagnetic armor, and megawatt-level… More

Pulsed Power for Fuzes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger, President
Award Amount: $69,720.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. along with CalRamic, LLC, and HEM Technologies, LLC will develop and test new ferroelectric generator components and very high energy density capacitors to dramatically reduce the size of detonation systems designed around multipoint Explosive Foil Initiators (EFI). We will… More

Dynamically Focused High Frequency Ultrasound Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $106,556.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Electroactive polymers will be investigated as a novel means to dynamically focus high frequency (>30 MHz), single element ultrasound transducers meant for biomedical imaging. Commercial ultrasound array technology has been limited to 20 MHz or less, and though… More

Cryogenic Power Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in the area of high temperature superconductors have opened the door to the possibility of developing highly efficient low-temperature power electronics. The most commonly used high-efficiency capacitors are based on high dielectric constant (K ~ 1000-4000) BaTiO3 doped to yield an… More

Cost Effective Growth of High Temperature Piezoelectrics for Adaptive Flow Control Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Research Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,873.00
RI Contact: Robert Killoren
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. in collaboration with The Pennsylvania State University propose to develop new families of high temperature piezoelectric materials for adaptive engine control. The identification, synthesis and characterization of these new materials will enable the design of new high… More

Single Crystal Piezoelectric Tonpilz Elements for Small Footprint, High Power Acoustic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & Development
Award Amount: $499,969.00
RI Contact: Richard J. Meyer
Abstract:
The objective of the Phase II program is to demonstrate that single crystal piezoelectrics are a viable approach for small footprint, broadband and high power acoustic sensors. The objective will begin by down selecting between potential high performance compositions based on the technological… More

New Ferroelectric Components for FEG's and CDU's

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, President
Award Amount: $729,872.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies has developed high energy density components for Ferroelectric Generators (FEG's) and Capacitive Discharge Units. Our technology is based on advanced materials and processing resulting in high quality ferroelectrics with high mechanical and electrical strength. For Phase II, we… More

Advanced Electroactive Single Crystal and Polymer Actuators for Passive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,997.00
Abstract:
Large stroke and high precision electroactive single crystal and polymer actuators are desired for cryogenic passive optics such as Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) and Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) in NASA remote sensing missions. The results of the Phase I program have successfully… More

Flextensional Microactuators for Large-Aperture Lightweight Cryogenic Deformable Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,975.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes large stroke and high precision single crystal flextensional piezoelectric microactuators for cryogenic optic devices such as large aperture deformable mirrors, etc. for future NASA space telescope missions. Single crystal piezoelectrics are attractive because they exhibit… More

Expanded Operating Domain Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $69,904.00
RI Contact: Thomas R. Shrout
Abstract:
For this Phase I STTR program, TRS proposes to investigate the synthesis of new single crystal piezoelectric compositions that will operate at higher temperature, higher electric field and/or higher stress than current state-of-the-art PMN-PT single crystals. PMN-PT single crystals are readily… More

Novel Micromachined Single Crystal Patterning for Wideband Dermatology Transducer

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kevin A. Snook
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of the proposed research is to develop an extremely broadband, high frequency ultrasound transducer for dermatologic imaging. TRS proposes to make novel, high frequency piezoelectric composites for ultrasound transducers by incorporating multiple… More

High Temperature Capacitors for Venus Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,946.00
Abstract:
High temperature power electronics have become a vital aspect of future designs for power converters in spacecraft, battle zone electric power, satellite power conditioning, and well drilling. The performance of these applications would benefit significantly from materials designed for high… More

Cost-Effective Fabrication of Piezoelectric Single Crystals Device Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul W. Rehrig, Director of Research & De
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
For the proposed work, TRS Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with The Penn State Electro-optics Center (EOC), and Dr. David J. Quesnel at the University of Rochester will investigate increasing the yield of damage minimized or damage free piezoelectric single crystals by establishing an optimal… More

Cryogenic Power Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in the area of high temperature superconductors have opened the door to the possibility of developing highly efficient low-temperature power electronics. The most commonly used high-efficiency capacitors are based on high dielectric constant (K ~ 1000-4000) BaTiO3 doped to yield an… More

High Frequency, Large Aperture Ultrasound Transducer Arrays for Volumetric Ophtha

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Wesley S. Hackenberger
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The goal of the proposed research is to develop a high-frequency, broadband, large-aperture ultrasound transducer for rapid 3-D ophthalmic imaging. TRS proposes to make high frequency piezoelectric ultrasound transducer arrays using photolithography to define… More

Broadband Volume Search Sonar for Towed Mine Hunting Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. and Raytheon propose to develop broadband, low voltage sonar projector elements for mine hunting systems using relaxor ferroelectric single crystals. Specifically, we will develop crystal tonpilz elements for the side-scan, volume search sonar array on the AN/AQS-20 towed… More

Advanced NDE for SiC Optics Using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Composite Transducers with Broad Bandwidth and High Sensitivity

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,955.00
Abstract:
TRS is pleased to propose an advanced NDE system for SiC mirror defect and stress measurement using single crystal piezoelectric composite transducers with broad bandwidth and high sensitivity. The broadband HF transducers are expected to contribute to high spatial resolution in both the lateral and… More

Single Crystal 1-3 Composite Projectors for MCM Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin A. Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,966.00
Abstract:
Current piezoelectric ceramic composites used for mid-range (100-200 kHz) for ASW and MCM applications have a number of drawbacks including size, bandwidth, and stress rods. Single crystal PMN-PT has an inherently higher stress limit than ceramics, though until recently techniques of dicing the… More

High Energy Thin Film Capacitors for Pulse Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward Alberta, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I effort, TRS Technologies Inc (TRS) proposes to develop high energy thin film metal oxide capacitors that exhibit high energy density (>5J/g). TRS will develop these high energy capacitors using a novel approach for increasing the surface area of metal oxide thin films. Additionally,… More

Submarine Launched Acoustic Communication Buoy using Single Crystal Sonar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR program TRS Technologies and Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS) will develop 3" diameter single crystal segmented ring transducers for an Acoustic Communications (ACOMMS) buoy with both gateway data transmission and long range tactical paging capability. The buoy will be… More

Low Cost Crystal Transducer Elements for the Next Generation Counter Measure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR program, TRS Technologies and Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS) will develop tangentially poled single crystal ring transducers for the Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM), a compact, submarine-launched, smart countermeasure designed to decoy acoustic homing torpedoes. … More

A Common, Low-Cost HF Submarine Sonar Projector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. and Northrop-Grumman Undersea Systems (NGUS) propose to develop a common high frequency (HF) mine avoidance SONAR projector based on broadband single crystal transducer elements. The broadband transducers developed on this program will enable a common design for sail and chin… More

High Temperature Capacitors for Venus Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $593,234.00
Abstract:
In this SBIR program, TRS Technologies has developed several new dielectrics for high temperature applications including signal conditioning, filtering and energy storage, and high-power RF. Feasibility was demonstrated by constructing prototype multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) with… More

Cryogenic Stepping Piezomotor for Large Torque, Precise Rotary Motion Control in Passive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning P. Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes novel single crystal piezomotors for large torque, high precision, and cryogenic actuation with capability of position set-hold with power-off for passive optics platforms. The proposed concept will advance the state-of-art cryogenic rotary motors considering the excellent… More

Hybrid Electrostatic/Flextensional Deformable Membrane Mirror for Lightweight, Large Aperture and Cryogenic Space Telescopes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning S. Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,972.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes innovative hybrid electrostatic/flextensional membrane deformable mirror capable of large amplitude aberration correction for large aperture and light weight space telescopes, and proposes to investigate the performances of single crystal piezoelectric actuators in space… More

Cryogenic Piezo Actuators for Lightweight, Large Aperture, Deployable Membrane Mirrors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning C. Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed to enable large stroke, high precision, shape control for cryogenic lightweight deployable membrane mirror structures for future NASA Science and communications applications. Piezoelectric properties of PMN-PT single crystal at a temperature of 4… More

Expanded Operating Domain Piezoelectric Single Crystals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: MRI AT PENN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Jun Luo, Research scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $1,487,867.00
RI Contact: Shujun Zhang
Abstract:
Single crystal relaxor ferroelectrics, PMN-PT, have shown great promise for broad bandwidth sonar transducers. However, the benefits of PMN-PT are somewhat counterbalanced by its maximum temperature limitation (~80 to 95 degrees C), low coercive field (~2kV/cm) and low mechanical quality factor… More

Micromachined Piezoelectric 2-D Arrays for 3-D Medical Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Three dimensional ultrasound imaging is one of the most significant challenges, and potentially rewarding efforts, in medical imaging. To retain the traditional benefit of ultrasound, visualization of dynamic biological processes such as heart motion, it is… More

Micromachined Single Crystal HF Arrays for Interventional Cardiology Ultrasound

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Kevin A. Snook
Award Amount: $742,881.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease affect a large number of people in the United States, and is a leading cause of death. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) has begun to make a significant impact in diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. It has been… More

Micromachined Piezoelectric Actuators for Cryogenic Adaptive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,973.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes micromachined single crystal piezoelectric actuator arrays to enable ultra-large stroke, high precision shape control for large aperture, lightweight and cryogenic adaptive optics structures for future NASA Science and communications applications. The proposed concept will… More

A Graphical Database for Streamlined Single Crystal Transducer Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,992.00
Abstract:
Single crystal piezoelectrics promise to revolutionize underwater acoustic and ultrasonic transducers with broader bandwidths, greater resolution, greater range, reduced transducer size and weight, and reduced power requirements. However, there are many differences between the properties of single… More

High Energy Wound Capacitors Based on Flexible Oxide Films

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Compact, high energy capacitors that can store > 5J/g are required for next generation pulse power devices. Increase in energy storage of capacitors enables reduction in size of the capacitor banks. The key to reducing the size of these systems is to develop capacitors with much higher energy… More

Crystal Tensile Properties for High Power, 1-3 Composite Projector Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program TRS Technologies will develop high power, high frequency 1-3 composite transducers for high resolution imaging at ranges sufficient for naval applications such as mine classification. In order to understand and model the performance of 1-3 composite projectors, we will… More

Advanced NDE for SiC Optics Using Micromachined High Frequency Phased Array Ultrasound

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $749,935.00
Abstract:
TRS is pleased to propose an in-situ NDE imaging tool for SiC mirror surface damage (SD), sub-surface damage (SSD) and trapped internal stress detection using piezo-composite based micromachined ultrasound transducer (PCMUT) phased array technology. PCMUT technology has been developed at TRS to… More

A Common, Low-Cost HF Submarine Sonar Projector

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Wesley Hackenberger, President
Award Amount: $599,958.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. and Nothrop Grumman Undersea Systems (NGUS) propose to develop and test a single crystal sonar array that adds transmit capability to the currently proposed receive array for the Virginia-class submarine. The goal of this program will be to adapt the added capability to the… More

Single Crystal 1-3 Composite Projectors for MCM Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $448,987.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies and the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State propose to build on high frequency (>100 kHz) single crystal, 1-3 composite projector work developed in the Phase I program for sonar in unmanned vehicles. The high bandwidth exhibited by the composite, and potential for increased… More

Cost-Effective Fabrication of Piezoelectric Single Crystals Device Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jun Luo, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $443,898.00
Abstract:
For this Phase II effort TRS Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with Rochester University, the Pennsylvania State University Electro-Optics Center and Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, will develop manufacturing processes to fabricate single crystal piezoelectric components with Zero Surface… More

Submarine Launched Acoustic Communication Buoy using Single Crystal Sonar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $442,323.00
Abstract:
For this Phase II SBIR program, TRS Technologies and Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS) will team to design, build and test a buoy system for acoustic communications. Segmented single crystal rings for a 3" form factor will be made to provide a wide bandwidth for operation at two distinct… More

Cryogenic Stepping Piezomotor for Large Torque, Precise Rotary and Linear Motion Control in Passive Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,980.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Virginia Tech., and MTech, Inc. propose to develop high torque (>1.5 kg-cm), lightweight (< 250 g), low power (< 2 watts), high precision (

Wide Temperature, High Energy Density Capacitors for Power Conditioning Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,918.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop ceramic capacitors as power conditioning capacitors for electrically driven military weapon systems. The proposed ceramic capacitor will combine some of the best features of high energy density, low dielectric loss, and high temperature stability. The… More

Single Crystal Piezoelectric Deformable Mirrors with High Actuator Density and Large Stroke

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,968.00
Abstract:
Single crystal piezoelectric deformable mirrors with high actuator density, fine pitch, large stroke and no floating wires will be developed for future NASA science and communications applications. Single crystal piezoelectric DMs share the fine pitch with co-fired electrostrictive or ceramic… More

Cryogenic Fluid Transfer Components Using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic fluid transfer components using single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed to enable low thermal mass, minimal heat leak, low power consumption and fast response for cryogenic fluid transfer and handling systems to support NASA Lunar Lander, Ground Operations, Ares, and Lunar… More

Piezoelectrical Structural Sensor Technology for Extreme Environments (> 1800 F)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
High temperature piezoelectric crystal (HTP) sensors are desired for future propulsion component structure health monitoring, operating parameters optimization, turbine engine control and health monitoring, as well as improving performance and maintainability of power production facilities and other… More

Nanodielectrics with Nonlinear Response for High Power Microwave Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: PENN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $99,955.00
RI Contact: Mike Lanagan
Abstract:
The proposed barium strontium titanate (BST) nanodielectric devices will combine some of the best features of bulk and thin-film based tunable dielectrics: low microwave losses, high tunability at high fields, the potential for low operating voltages, and less temperature dependent dielectric… More

Advanced Ferroelectric Materials for Explosive Pulsed Power for Missiles and Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $387,857.00
Abstract:
In this program TRS will explore a variety of new ferroelectric materials and composites for explosively driven pulsed power applications. The Phase I program will be aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of improving the FEG performance by: (a) systematically exploring new materials to enhance… More

Optimized Single Crystal Technology for Undersea Tracking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,997.00
Abstract:
The objective of this program is to utilize single crystal piezoelectrics to develop a platform which contains both transmission and receiving for acoustic tracking ranges with the ability to operate at great depths undersea. The key aspects addressed in Phase I are 1) showing the performance of… More

Compact, Submicrosecond Discharge Pulsed Power Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,856.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop ceramic capacitors as discharge pulse power capacitors for high-power microwave (HPM) systems. The proposed ceramic capacitor will combine some of the best features of high energy density, low dielectric loss, fast discharge time and high temperature… More

Advanced Ferroelectric Materials for Explosive Pulsed Power for Missiles and Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $119,895.00
Abstract:
In this program TRS will explore a variety of new ferroelectric materials and composites for explosively driven pulsed power applications. The Phase I program will be aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of improving the ferroelectric generator (FEG) performance by: (a) systematically exploring… More

Crystal Properties and Transducer Modeling for High Power Composite&Tonpilz Projector Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $701,603.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies will build on the measurements performed in the Phase I program, which will allow for higher fidelity models and a more streamlined insertion of single crystal transducers into the Navy. Dynamic and bend testing of PMN-PT and modified A and B-site doped crystals will be made to… More

Piezoelectric Structural Microensor Technology for Extreme Environments (> 1800 F)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,914.00
Abstract:
High temperature piezoelectric crystal (HTPC) sensors are desired for future propulsion component structure health monitoring, operating parameters optimization, turbine engine control and health monitoring, as well as improving performance and maintainability of power production facilities and… More

Nanodielectrics with Nonlinear Response for High Power Microwave Generation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $749,922.00
RI Contact: Michael Lanagan
Abstract:
Fine grained BST ceramics with high density has attractive properties including nonlinearity, low dielectric loss and high dielectric breakdown strength to realize high tunability. In Phase I program we demonstrated that modification of powder characteristics and composition in nano BST powder… More

Cryogenic Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flowmeters using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
Clamp-on ultrasound cryogenic flowmeters using single crystal piezoelectric transducers are proposed to enable reliable, accurate cryogenic instrumentation needs in support of NASA Lunar Lander, Ground Operations, Altair, Ares, and Lunar Surface Systems programs. In-space, on the lunar surface, and… More

Cryogenic Fluid Transfer Components Using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Actuators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Xiaoning Jiang, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,962.00
Abstract:
Cryogenic fluid transfer components using single crystal piezoelectric actuators are proposed to enable low thermal mass, minimal heat leak, low power consumption and fast response for cryogenic fluid transfer and handling systems to support NASA Lunar Lander, Ground Operations, Ares, and Lunar… More

Compact, Submicrosecond Discharge Pulsed Power Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $745,543.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop ceramic capacitors as discharge pulse power capacitors for high-power microwave (HPM) systems. In the phase I program TRS demonstrated that high breakdown strength can be achieved in multilayer ceramic capacitors by controlling microstructure. … More

Low Cost Single Crystal Transducer Design and Fabrication for Common Low Frequency Projectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes to develop low cost, low frequency, directional sonar transducer elements using relaxor ferroelectric single crystal in a high elastic compliance resonance mode to minimize the amount of crystal material used in the transducer. TRS will also incorporate several low cost… More

Flextensional Wideband Acoustic Communications Using PMN-PT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
The goal of the Navy is to consolidate performance of the TR-232 and TR-233 transducers, as well as provide additional functionality in a compact transmit/receive device for communications. TRS Technologies proposes to utilize the advantages of single crystal piezoelectrics to provide the high… More

Wideband Single Crystal Transducer for Bone Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes to develop a very wideband ultrasound diagnostic tool for quantification of trabecular bone properties for astronauts in long term space missions. Loss of calcification in bones and general loss of strength must be monitored in missions to insure personnel health, however,… More

Nonlinear Dielectric Materials and Processing for High-Energy-Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $99,901.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop high energy density capacitors with stable dielectric properties for utilization in pulse power systems. The proposed ceramic capacitor will combine the best features of high energy density, low dielectric loss and high reliability. The capacitors… More

Single Crystal Acoustic Vector Projector Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $69,970.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies proposes to develop high duty cycle, compact single crystal transducers for vector projectors. TRS will work with Penn State ARL in evaluating new single crystal compositions for high temperature and drive, as well as evaluate passive materials used in transducer construction under… More

Piezoelectric Single Crystal Property Assessment for Cost-Effective Optimized Naval SONAR Transducers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jun Luo, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $79,969.00
Abstract:
The advanced relaxor-PT piezoelectric crystals, Mn:PIN-PMN-PT (manganese doped Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3), were initially developed by TRS and immediately attracted broad attention for the next generation of high power SONAR transducers due to their greatly improved… More

Poled Films for Compact Single Shot Power Supplies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Senior Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies has developed high energy density materials and components for Ferroelectric Generators (FEGs). Our technology is based on advanced materials and processing resulting in high quality ferroelectrics with high mechanical and electrical strength. For this program, we will use these… More

Novel Low-frequency, Low-power Sonar Transducer for Undersea Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $79,999.00
RI Contact: Niki Page
Abstract:
This work proposes to address the capability gap for low frequency, low power transducers in a small form factor. We propose to use newly evaluated resonance modes of single crystal piezoelectrics that provide savings of over 75% in transducer volume. The program will evaluate the shear mode… More

Wideband Single Crystal Transducer for Bone Characterization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $746,356.00
Abstract:
TRS proposes to develop a simple-to-use, launch capable, ultrasound transducer that is capable of producing the necessary bandwidth to accurately determine in vivo bone characteristics that correlate to loss of strength in astronauts in long-duration space flights (microgravity). The transducer… More

Nonlinear Dielectric Materials and Processing for High-Energy-Density Capacitors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Senior Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $749,690.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: TRS Technologies, Inc. proposes to develop nonlinear dielectric ceramic capacitors for discharge pulse power application and reduce the production cost of cofired multilayer capacitors. In the phase I program TRS developed a new antiferroelectric composition showing energy… More

Low Cost Single Crystal Transducer Design and Fabrication for Common Low Frequency Projectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $499,524.00
Abstract:
TRS proposes to develop an extremely low frequency sonar projector transducer miniaturized through specific designs that allow incorporation into an array on the large diameter underwater vehicles. Piezoelectric single crystal growth technology based on PMN-PT has advanced the acoustic transduction… More

Poled Films for Compact Single Shot Power Supplies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Edward F. Alberta, Senior Scientist – (814) 328-7485
Award Amount: $1,045,271.00
Abstract:
TRS Technologies has developed high energy density materials and components for Ferroelectric Generators (FEGs). Our technology is based on advanced materials and processing resulting in high quality ferroelectrics with high mechanical and electrical strength. For this program, we will use these… More

Advanced high temperature ceramic capacitors for energy storage applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Seongtae Kwon, Dr. – (814) 238-7458
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
High temperature reliability is needed to design distributed power conditioning systems in next generation, high power density SiC and GaN-based electronics. New high energy density capacitors are needed to reduce the volume and weight of power conditioning modules and high temperature reliability… More

Cost-Effective Technologies for Fabrication of PiezoCrystal Vector Velocity Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $149,998.00
Abstract:
We propose to develop cost-effective velocity vector sensor technology by reducing costs to the accelerometers within the device. By optimizing both crystal and hardware, single crystal materials costs can be reduced. TRS will also evaluate assembly of sub-structures to reduce labor through… More

Compact Single Crystal Omnidirectional Acoustic Source for Countermeasures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Kevin Snook, Research Scientist – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $79,956.00
Abstract:
TRS proposes to develop a countermeasures transducer of approximate spherical shape from single crystal piezoelectrics from one of two designs. Using the advantages of different crystal modes, TRS can leverage knowledge from similar programs based on cylinders to produce small, high power and… More

Low Cost Manufacturing of Vector Velocity Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Raffi Sahul, Director of Business and – (814) 238-7485
Award Amount: $495,789.00
Abstract:
Towed array vector sensors are important for US submarine capability in terms of reducing the left right ambiguity. Current towed array vector sensors use particle velocity sensors or accelerometers combined with hydrophones to achieve this performance. Lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT)… More