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The Development of Refractory Materials as Gun Barrel Liners

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
59695
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-0842
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: 2002
Title: The Development of Refractory Materials as Gun Barrel Liners
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-03-C-3034
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

"State-of-the-art gun barrels limit the munition and propellant that can be utilized due to excessive erosion that limits the life and performance capabilities and adversely affects the operating cost and required force levels. In order to increase barrellife, as well as accommodating the use of higher energy and temperature propellants for firing advance projectiles, the refractorness of gun barrels must be substantially enhanced. This program proposes to investigate the use of refractory metal alloysand cermets applied by solid free form fabrication (SFFF) using a plasma transferred arc (PTA) energy source. A variety of refractory alloys and cermets will be produced and screen tested utilizing a vented bomb and heat checking. Forcing cones will beproduced in the most promising compositions and delivered to the Navy which after testing will provide a basis for Phase II optimization, additional forcing cone testing and fabricating barrels for live fire test. Gun barrels with refractory metal alloylings have application in all military branches in all caliber weapons as well as commercial applications requiring reduced thermomechanical erosion."

Principal Investigator:

James C. Withers
CEO
5205741980
jcwithers@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Raouf O. Loutfy
President
5205741980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Materials & Electrochemical Research (Mer) Corp.
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No