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High Strength, Transparent Alumina IR Windows with Nano-scale (< 100 nm)…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
85087
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F074-009-0080
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Technology Holding, LLC
350 W 800 N Suite 250 Salt Lake City, UT 84103-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: High Strength, Transparent Alumina IR Windows with Nano-scale (< 100 nm) Sintered Microstructure
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-08-C-0011
Award Amount: $99,947.00
 

Abstract:

This STTR Phase I project is designed to develop a novel process for fabricating a nano-grained ceramic material for infrared windows. The proposed STTR builds upon our previous Phase I (Navy) SBIR experience to minimize risks and maximize the likelihood of success. This proposed work will utilize an innovative method to fabricate nanocrystalline alumina infrared window materials with significantly improved properties than conventional alternatives. High purity, unagglomerated nano-alumina powder will be synthesized using a novel chemical precipitation route giving 4 nm alumina particles. The powders will be compacted and formed into high density green compacts to eliminate the larger pores. Densification with minimal grain-growth will be achieved as a result of plasma activated sintering. Such a customized sintering schedule is expected to result in fully dense (Y 99.99%) alumina compacts with grain sizes less than 100 nm. These transparent IR windows are expected to exhibit superior mechanical strength.

Principal Investigator:

Akash
Senior Engineer
8019561032
akash@ceramatec.com

Business Contact:

Raymond Miller
CFO/Secretary
8019782176
rkm@ceramatec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CERAMATEC, INC.
2425 South 900 West Salt Lake City, UT 84119

EIN/Tax ID: 870322278
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV.
C100 BNSN
Provo, UT 84602
Contact: Brian Woodfield
Contact Phone: (801) 422-2093
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university