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Company Information:

Company Name: INOVATI
City: Santa Barbara
State: CA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (805) 571-8384

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,269,331.00 15
SBIR Phase II $3,967,926.00 6

Award List:

Scaleable Spray Forming Technology for Consolidating Pyrophoric and Nanostructured Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
"An innovative method for consolidating metallic powders at low temperatures into near net shape components and structures was discovered through prior research using aluminum powders. Now the opportunity exists for expanding this technology to a scaleableprocess for homogenous consolidation of… More

Non-Explosive Broadband Acoustic Source Using Metallic Based SHS-Water Reactions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
"Metallic based self-propagating high temperature systhesis (SHS)reactions provide the opportunity to develop safe handlingexplosve sources that can only be activated underwater. The Navyis currently seeking a non-explosive, command activated,broadband acoustic source for multi-static… More

Solid-state Spray Forming of Thermite and Porous Aluminum for Aluminum-Water Acoustic Sources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
"Development of broadband acoustic sources using an aluminum-water reaction can now be attained using a solid-state spray forming technology to consolidate aluminum powders into porous foam structures and thermite composite igniters. The Navy is currentlyseeking a non-explosive command activated… More

Non-Explosive Broadband Acoustic Source Using Metallic Based SHS-Water Reactions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $270,584.00
Abstract:
"Metallic based self-propagating high temperature systhesis (SHS)reactions provide the opportunity to develop safe handlingexplosve sources that can only be activated underwater. The Navyis currently seeking a non-explosive, command activated,broadband acoustic source for multi-static… More

Triboelectric Discharge Metallization--A Solid-State Coating and Spray Forming Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tapphorn
Award Amount: $867,662.00
Abstract:
A low temperature, and ecologically sustainable method for consolidating aluminum powders with other metallic powders to form pseudo-alloy materials was discovered as a result of Phase I research on Solid-state Spray Forming (SSF) sponsored by theBallistic Missile Defense Organization. Commercial… More

Triboelectric Discharge Metallization--A Solid-State Coating and Spray Forming Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tapphorn
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
A low temperature, and ecologically sustainable method for consolidating aluminum powders with other metallic powders to form pseudo-alloy materials was discovered as a result of Phase I research on Solid-state Spray Forming (SSF) sponsored by theBallistic Missile Defense Organization. Commercial… More

Kinetic Metallization - A Repair Process for Ion Vapor Deposition (IVD) Aluminum

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
Repairs of IVD aluminum coatings are generally not possible because the weak-plasma deposition process requires parts to be coated in a vacuum. Until recent development of the low-temperature Kinetic Metallization (KM) spray process the only metallic processes being evaluated for aluminum coatings… More

Kinetic Metallization - A Repair Process for Ion Vapor Deposition (IVD) Aluminum

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $1,079,724.00
Abstract:
The Naval Air Warfare Center is currently seeking environmentally acceptable methods of spray depositing aluminum coatings for field repair of damage to corrosion protective coatings on aircraft components. Thermal spray processes cannot be used for applying aluminum coatings because of its high… More

SBIR Phase I: Nanostructured WC/Co Coatings for Enhanced Wear Resistance Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, Dr
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of depositing nc-WC/Co coatings onto high-strength steels at low temperatures while retaining superior wear resistance properties. Nanocrystalline (nc) materials have enormous potential to provide… More

Innovative Corrosion Protection via Kinetic Metallization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Henness, Materials Engineer
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
High strength, heat treatable, aluminum alloys are typically used in military aircraft, however such components require a corrosion protection coating. Such alloys include the 2xxx and 7xxx series alloys with typical protective coatings applied via anodizing, cladding, or priming. Inovati proposes… More

Kinetic Metallization of Oxidation Resistant Coatings for Ultrasupercritical Coal-Fired Boilers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jeffery A. Henness, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,943.00
Abstract:
New ferritic, austenitic, and nickel-base alloys have been designed to meet the creep resistance properties for ultrasupercritical coal-fired boilers, an emerging technology that offers increased power-generating efficiency. However, the high operating temperatures and harsh chemically-reactive… More

SBIR Phase I: Fabrication of Conformal Antennas for Airborne SatCom Using Kinetic Metallization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, Dr
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I proposal will demonstrate a complete approach for net shape or in situ fabrication of multi-layer conformal antennas suitable for airborne satellite communications (SatCom). To satisfy future SatCom requirements for high performance aircraft, broadband apertures for C-band… More

Low Temperature Parent Metal Restoration of Gas Turbine Engine Materials using Kinetic Metallization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Robert Hanson, Sr. Process Development Engineer
Award Amount: $99,858.00
Abstract:
Kinetic Metallization is low temperature deposition process that can be used to deposit specific powder formulations onto representative gas turbine engine parent materials for the purpose of dimensional and performance restoration. Additionally, this technology can be used to deposit wear,… More

Portable Kinetic Metallization Process and Device for In-Service Repair of Protective Coatings on Magnesium, Aluminum and High-Strength Steels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $79,985.00
Abstract:
The low temperature Kinetic Metallization technology offers a portable process and device for in-service repair of metallic protective coatings on magnesium, aluminum, and high-strength steel based alloy components used on various aircraft. Damage to protective coatings on these aircraft alloy… More

SBIR Phase II: Fabrication of Conformal Antennas for Airborne SatCom Using Kinetic Metallization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, PhD
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR research project will develop direct write copper conductors onto doubly curved dielectric substrates using the Kinetic Metallization (KM) process. There is a need for new processes and methodologies to enable low profile RF systems on current and planned airborne platforms. Low… More

SBIR PHASE II: Nanostructured WC/Co Coatings for Enhanced Wear Resistance Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, PhD
Award Amount: $499,972.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project continued development of nano-crystalline tungsten carbide-cobalt coatings by integrating two novel processes: i) a low temperature spray deposition process (kinetic metallization), and ii) a nano-crystalline powder deposition process.… More

SBIR Phase I: Kinetic Metallization of Chromium-Carbide Cermet Coatings with Superior Wear Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, PhD
Award Amount: $99,709.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop an innovative method of applying chromium-carbide cermet coatings without degradation in coating quality frequently induced by high-temperature thermal spray processes. Chromium-carbide cermet coatings are usually applied… More

Portable Kinetic Metallization Process and Device for Minor Structural and Protective Coating Repair of Magnesium, Aluminum and High-Strength Steels

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $749,984.00
Abstract:
Inovati successfully demonstrated in Phase I, the feasibility of using the low temperature Kinetic Metallization (KM) process to perform dimensional restoration of holes, grooves and defects in magnesium and aluminum alloy materials and for repairing corrosion-protective coatings on these alloys and… More

Dimensional Restoration of Landing Gear Component Bores Using Kinetic Metallization

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ralph M. Tapphorn, VP of Technology
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Hill Air Force Base is soliciting spray deposition processes for restoring dimensional tolerances of internal diameters (bores) of worn/damaged aluminum alloy aerospace components. Specifically, high-strength heat-treated 7000 series aluminum alloys used in landing gear parts. Kinetic Metallization… More

Kinetic Metallization of Corrosion Resistant Coatings for Molten Salt Heat Exchanger Components on NGNP(IV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Ralph Tapphorn, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Next Generation Nuclear Plants (NPNG), which are expected to be based on Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (Generation IV) technology, will require molten-salt heat-exchanger subsystems, which operate at very high temperatures (>900°C), for hydrogen production. Development of improved high-temperature… More

Fixed and Portable Kinetic Metallization Systems for Dimensional Restoration Repairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ralph Tapphorn, VP of Technology – (805) 571-8384
Award Amount: $149,964.00
Abstract:
Dimensional restoration repair of salvageable and consumable submarine and shipboard components have the potential to significantly reduce maintenance cost and turn around times for the Navy Fleet Readiness Centers and Intermediate Maintenance Facilities. Trident Trim Pumps used by Naval Undersea… More