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STTR Phase I: Packaging of Structural Health Monitoring Micro-Components

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National Science Foundation
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Program Year/Program:
2003 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Metis Design Corporation
10 Canal Park Suite 601 Cambridge, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: STTR Phase I: Packaging of Structural Health Monitoring Micro-Components
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0320100
Award Amount: $99,999.00


This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will develop a novel class of coatings, initially for hard turning cutting tool application, using a new hybrid coating technology. Specifically, it is proposed to develop cubic boron nitride-titanium nitride (cBN-TiN) nano and micro particulate composite coatings using a combination of electrostatic spray coating (ESC) of cBN powder and chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) of TiN. The project will follow a concept where initial work indicates that a thick cBN/TiN composite coating can be deposited in a practical hybrid deposition process using the ESC/CVI combination, and that cutting tools coated using this method can provide significant improvement in machining performance. Commercially, cBN tools are excellent candidates for machining hardened ferrous alloys and superalloys tools. Development of a cBN coating process can circumvent limitations of existing tools and thereby provide a significant improvement in cutting tool selection, productivity and application range where cBN tools simply do not exist (e.g., chip-breaker inserts, round-shank tools such as end-mills, and drills).

Principal Investigator:

Seth Kessler

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Metis Design Corporation
46 Second St. Cambridge, MA 02141

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Toledo
2801 West Bancroft St, MS 944
Toledo, OH 43606
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university