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Low Cost Production of Transparent Spinel Domes Using Freeze Casting

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
87120
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-037-0733
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Low Cost Production of Transparent Spinel Domes Using Freeze Casting
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0074
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase I SBIR ARMY project proposes the development of 7" in diameter hemispherical spinel domes (3.5" radius, 0.18" wall thickness, 160 degree aperture) through the combination of freeze casting (FC) technology with unique nanopowder technology commercialized by MER for magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl2O4) ceramics. These technologies allow for the production of spinel domes with high green density, green near net shape, no residual stress, that result in less distortion in the final sintered dome. The novel process requires less secondary machining after sintering to produce high quality transparent domes at a lower cost when compared to cold isostatic pressing (CIP) technology.

Principal Investigator:

Juan Sepulveda
V.P. Technical Marketing
5205741980
mercorp@mercorp.com

Business Contact:

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