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Development of Superhard Sintered Fullerene Balls and Rollers for Bearings

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Department of Defense
Missile Defense Agency
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Diamond Materials Inc.
120 Centennial Avenue Piscataway, NJ 08854
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Development of Superhard Sintered Fullerene Balls and Rollers for Bearings
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: F33615-02-M-5039
Award Amount: $70,000.00


"We propose to make ball and roller bearings from a new superhard carbon material, called DiamoniteO. High speed bearings (~50,000-100,000 rpm) are at the heart of most high speed mechanical devices, including touchdown bearings, turbine bearings, andback-up bearings for magnetically suspended flywheels. Diamonite(TM) is harder than SiC and Si3N4. Its isotropic properties make the material highly fracture resistant and readily polishable to a nanometer scale. DiamoniteO is a non-crystalline materialformed by high pressure sintering (>1 GPa/400¿C) of C60 fullerenes. These process parameters allow near net-shape pieces to be formed. In Phase I, we will focus on proof-of-principle development of Diamonite(TM) rollers and balls for precision bearings.The technology developed in Phase I will enable implementation of DiamoniteO into a wide range of high speed bearing applications in Phase II and III. This work will be carried out in collaboration with a leading, matching fund, ceramic bearingmanufacturer and other researchers who have contributed to this technology. The superhard isotropic nanograin nature of Diamonite(TM) will yield hard, tough, shock-, chip- and fracture-resistant lightweight bearings (and other products), which will be muchmore durable than known steels and ceramics. Diamonite(TM) will find application in many areas including: bearings, cutters, penetrators, ion engines, lightweight armor and rocket parts, among

Principal Investigator:

Oleg A. Voronov
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Gary S. Tompa
Small Business Information at Submission:

Diamond Materials, Inc.
120 Centennial Ave. Piscataway, NJ 08854

EIN/Tax ID: 223388524
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No