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The Low Cost Production of Titanium Alloy Powder Directly from Ore

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
86876
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-035-0540
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: 2008
Title: The Low Cost Production of Titanium Alloy Powder Directly from Ore
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5221
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

The utilization of titanium is limited by its high cost that is a result of winning it from ores, processing to purify and alloy, and down stream processing to produce component parts. Producing titanium alloy powder directly from ore has the potential to rapidly produce low cost mill products. Known processing to produce titanium sponge has not been demonstrated to produce alloy powder. MER has demonstrated the technical feasibility of utilizing low cost ore, not suitable for other processing approaches, which can be thermally processed to produce a feed from which an alloy powder can be produced in a combined electrochemical-chemical processing technology. The processing will be further developed in collaboration with major titanium alloy powder users to define the types and limits of alloy element modifications possible. Preliminary processing suggest some alloy compositions can be produced in a powder for approximately the same cost as Kroll sponge which offers the potential to dramatically alter the titanium industry. This program will define processing to produce uniform alloying composition in each and every particle, particle morphology, and produce powder and consolidated billets for delivery.

Principal Investigator:

James C. Withers
C.E.O.
5205741980
jcwithers@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

Raouf O. Loutfy
President
5205741980
mercorp@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