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Bulk Nanophase High Transition Temperature Shape Memory Alloys for Novel Waste…

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Department of Energy
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2004 / STTR
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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: 2004
Title: Bulk Nanophase High Transition Temperature Shape Memory Alloys for Novel Waste Heat Recovery Systems
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER86218
Award Amount: $100,000.00


75653-This project will develop ultra-high-temperature shape memory alloys that can be used in energy conversion systems for the recovery of waste industrial heat in the temperature range 100-1400 degrees centigrade. The alloy systems will be compositions of ultrafine grained and textured shape memory alloys, based on Titanium-Palladium-Nickel (Ti-Pd-Ni), and ultra high transition temperature Niobium-Ruthenium (Nb-Ru) and Tantalum-Ruthenium (Ta-Ru) shape memory alloys. Phase I will involve the extreme shear deformation of billet material using equal channel axial extrusion (ECAE) to improve the strength, toughness, thermal fatigue resistance, and corrosion resistance of the alloys. Measurements will be made of the shape memory transition temperature range and the recovered strain. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Ultra-high-temperature shape memory alloys should find use in the reduction of waste energy losses in extreme environments, such as in furnace stacks in high temperature industrial power generation and in chemical processing plants. In addition to the conversion of high temperature waste heat, the materials could find use in damping, seals, sensors, actuators, MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), and sporting goods.

Principal Investigator:

Sion Pickard

Business Contact:

James Withers
Small Business Information at Submission:

MER Corporation (Materials and Electrochemical Research)
7960 South Kolb Road Tucson, AZ 85706

EIN/Tax ID: 860530946
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Washington
Materials Science and Engineering
Department Box 352120
Seatle, WA 98915
Contact: K. Inoue
Contact Phone: (206) 685-7870
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university