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INNOVATIVE PROCESSING TO PRODUCE ADVANCED INTERMETALLIC MATERIALS

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10641
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10641
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Research (MER) Corp.
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85756-9237
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: INNOVATIVE PROCESSING TO PRODUCE ADVANCED INTERMETALLIC MATERIALS
Agency: NSF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

THERE IS AN INSATIABLE DEMAND FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE, LIGHT WEIGHT, STRONG AND DUCTILE MATERIALS IN HEAT ENGINE AND STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS. INTERMETALLICS SUCH AS TI3A1 OFFER A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVED HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES OVER CURRENT STATE-OF-THE-ART NICKEL BASE SUPERALLOYS AND TITANIUM ALLOYS. HOWEVER, TI3A1 BASE MATERIALS WITH SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED DUCTILITY, STRENGTH, OXIDATION AND CREEP RESISTANCE HAVE NOTBEEN FULLY DEVELOPED. GRAIN REFINING, MICRO-AND MACROALLYING AND REINFORCING OF TI3A1 INTERMETALLICS ARE INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO IMPROVE HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES OF TI3A1. THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM UTILIZES ARF THERMAL PLASMA TECHNIQUE TO SYNTHESIZE ULTRAFINE (10-50 NM) AND ULTRAPURE TI3A1 POWDERS. THE PRODUCTION MECHANISM IS ALUMINUM REDUCTION OF TITANIUM TETRACHLORIDE IN AN ARGON HIGH TEMPERATURE PLASMA (<126>10000<198>K). MICRO- AND MACROALLOYING OF TI3A1 WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE PLASMA REACTOR SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE SYNTHESIS OF TI3A1 POWDERS. REINFORCED TI3A1 COMPOSITES WILL ALSO BE INVESTIGATED. A TI3A1 BASE ALLOY AND COMPOSITE WITH IMPROVED DUCTILITY AND HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES WILL RESULT FROM THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM.

Principal Investigator:

R O Loutfy
Principal Investigator
6025741980

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Rs
7960 S Kolb Rd Tucson, AZ 85706

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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