High Strength, Transparent, Low Cost Spinel Windows
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
This Phase I SBIR Air Force Program proposes the development of transparent magnesium aluminum spinel windows for AF F-35 aircrafts, and similar applications, at an affordable cost. The novel spinel material exhibits high optical and IR transparency in the 0.3 - 5.5 µm wavelength, is very resistant to abrasion, with density higher than 99.95% of theoretical, with very fine and uniform grain size exhibiting a flexural strength close to 300 MPa. The novel spinel technology proposed in this project has improved mechanical characteristics and transmission performance, better than conventional available spinel materials. Improved performance derives from the use of an advanced transient sintering aid technology that leaves no traces in the final product and flexible densification processing.
Small Business Information at Submission:
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (MER) CORP.
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706
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