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Processing of Bulk Nano-Magnesium Alloy and Composites

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 07-067
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
13753 OTTERSON CT LIVONIA, MI 48150-1220
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Processing of Bulk Nano-Magnesium Alloy and Composites
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-10-C-0037
Award Amount: $729,813.00


The opportunity is to develop light weight high strength/density armor to better resist ballistic threats of fragments and projectiles. The objective is to scale up Mg matrix composites that were discovered in Phase I - to provide larger test samples for ballistic testing - as produced by the novel Thixomolding Thermomechanical Process(TTMP). The target is yield strength of >250MPa at density of 10psf in 1-inch plate and with ballistic resistance superior to Mg AZ31 and Al 5083. Variables of Thixomolding, warm rolling, stack pressing, heat treatment, type and shape of inserts will be studied in order to optimize the TTMP process and the composite microstructure and properties. The anticipated result is economic light-weight armor that provides ballistic performance superior to Al alloys and steel plus savings in maintenance costs and fuel consumption.

Principal Investigator:

Raymond Decker
Director of Battery R & D
(734) 995-5550

Business Contact:

Stephen LeBeau
VP of Technology
(734) 995-5550
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thixomat, Inc
620 Technology Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 382836945
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No