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Meta-Structured Cements for Chrome Replacement

Award Information

Environmental Protection Agency
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Powdermet Inc.
24112 Rockwell Drive Euclid, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Meta-Structured Cements for Chrome Replacement
Agency: EPA
Contract: EP-D-06-053
Award Amount: $70,000.00


This Phase I SBIR program¿s objectives are to demonstrate producing potentially very low cost nano/meta-structured thermal spray powders using recycled scrap tools or very low cost ceramic powders and to demonstrate superior materials properties of the meta-structured coating when applied using thermal spray. The result would be a new class of very low cost, nano structured cerment coatings that can displace chrome and cadmium plating for controlling metal corrosion and wear. A successful Phase I outcome would develop a commercial market for scrap ceramic tool materials and would provide a completely non-hazardous replacement for chrome plating. It also would eliminate pollution caused by surface preparation techniques that are currently use in thermal spray. The proposed program is designed to replace toxic chrome plating, due to new regulatory limits on exposure to hexavalent chrome and disposal costs associated with chrome use. The primary commercial market lies in heavy equipment and automotive applications, including hard chrome replacement on hydraulic cylinder, bulldozer blades, ball and needle valve seats, motor shafts, mining drill bits and mining equipment. Other potential industrial machinery applications also exist.

Principal Investigator:

William R. Garrett
Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Andrew J. Sherman
Small Business Information at Submission:

Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Dr Euclid, OH 44117

EIN/Tax ID: 954616398
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No