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Innovative Refractory Metal Processing for Warhead Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67650
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-162-2122
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 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Innovative Refractory Metal Processing for Warhead Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0103
Award Amount: $749,999.00
 

Abstract:

Enhanced ballistic performance and lethality of warheads are materials limited. High density materials with high flow strength, strain to failure ductility, texture, and lethal energy release are desirable. The refractory materials meet many of these requirements, but not all of these attributes in a single elemental composition. It would be highly desirable to produce a layered composite of Zr and Ta, but conventional routes to produce the desired layers result in an abrupt interface between Ta and Zr, which would be prone to delamination during firing. In a Phase I program, MER demonstrated the capability to produce layered composites of Zr/Ta/Zr with a functionally graded interface and excellent bonding between the two metals. The process used was plasma transferred arc solid free form fabrication. In the Phase II program, the process conditions for producing this composite will be optimized versus ballistic performance and manufacturability.

Principal Investigator:

Roger S. Storm
Vice President Manufactur
5205741980
rstorm@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

James C. Withers
Chief Executive Officer
5205741980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
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