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A SUPERPLASTIC OXIDE DISPERSION STRENGTHENED MAGNESIUM ALLOY FOR AUTOMOTIVE…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
27123
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
27123
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Chesapeake Composites Corporation
239 Old Churchman's Road New Castle, DE 19720 0152
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: A SUPERPLASTIC OXIDE DISPERSION STRENGTHENED MAGNESIUM ALLOY FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $74,350.00
 

Abstract:

REDUCTION OF AUTOMOBILE WEIGHT IS AN IMPORTANT APPROACH TO REDUCING FUEL CONSUMPTION. MAGNESIUM ALLOYS WOULD OFFER THE POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT REDUCTIONS IF THEY WERE MORE READILY FORMED AND THEIR STIFFNESS COULD BE INCREASED. HIGH STRAIN RATE SUPERPLASTIC FORMING OFFERS A COST EFFECTIVE ROUTE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS. HOWEVER, TO BE SUPERPLASTIC, MAGNESIUM ALLOYS MUST POSSESS A UNIQUE SET OF MICROSTRUCTURAL FEATURES. MAGNESIUM ALLOY SYSTEMS WHICH POSSESS SUCH MICROSTRUCTURES ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE. RECENTLY A NEW CLASS OF LOW COST, CORROSION RESISTANT, OXIDE DISPERSION STRENGTHENED (ODS) MAGNESIUM ALLOYS HAVE BEEN SYNTHESIZED BY A NOVEL LIQUID METAL PROCESS. THESE MATERIALS MEET THE MICROSTRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPERPLASTICITY AND BASED ON PREVIOUS RESEARCH, SHOULD BE SUPERPLASTIC AT STRAIN RATES CONSISTENT WITH CONVENTIONAL FORMING PROCESSES (10(0) TO 10 1/S). THESE ODS ALLOYS ALSO OFFER A 45 TO 190% INCREASE IN STIFFNESS COMPARED TO CONVENTIONAL MAGNESIUM ALLOYS. DURING PHASE I, ODS MAGNESIUM ALLOYS WILL BE PRODUCED, EXTRUDED, AND TENSILE TESTED AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURES AND A VARIETY OF STRAIN RATES TO DETERMINE IF THEY ARE INDEED SUPERPLASTIC.

Principal Investigator:

Mr Eric M Klier
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Chesapeake Composites Corp.
239 Old Churchman's Rd New Castle, DE 19720

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No