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Company Information:

Company Name: QuesTek Innovations LLC
City: Evanston
State: IL
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.questek.com
Phone: (847) 425-8211

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $4,067,753.00 42
SBIR Phase II $10,915,195.00 17
STTR Phase I $728,263.00 8
STTR Phase II $1,749,286.00 3

Award List:

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Gregory B. Olson, Chief Science Officer
Award Amount: $98,498.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Herng-Jeng Jou, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $98,755.00
RI Contact: N/A

Damage Tolerant Amorphous Metal Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Gregory Olson, Chief Science Officer
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
QuesTek Innovations will employ a computational materials design approach to high-temperature aluminum alloys, addressing glass-forming alloys compositions that can be fully devitrified to desired novel dispersions of stable, low-misfit, coherent,multicomponent L12-structured A13X compounds with… More

Damage Tolerant Amorphous Metal Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Gregory Olson, Chief Science Officer
Award Amount: $374,996.00
Abstract:
QuesTek Innovations will employ a computational materials design approach to high-temperature aluminum alloys, addressing glass-forming alloys compositions that can be fully devitrified to desired novel dispersions of stable, low-misfit, coherent,multicomponent L12-structured A13X compounds with… More

Computational Design of High-Strength, High-Toughness Stainless Steels for Carrier-Based Aircraft Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles J. Kuehmann, President and CEO
Award Amount: $69,995.00
Abstract:
"A novel computational materials design approach will be applied to demonstrate the feasibility for the development of a nanostructured high-strength, high-toughness stainless steel that meets the stringent mechanical properties for carrier-based aircraftcomponents. Currently, 300M and the higher… More

Computational Design of High-Strength, High-Toughness Stainless Steels for Carrier-Based Aircraft Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Charles Kuehmann, President and CEO
Award Amount: $375,000.00
Abstract:
A novel computational materials design approach is being applied to create a nanostructured high-strength, high-toughness stainless steel that meets the stringent mechanical properties for carrier-based aircraft components. Currently, the Navy uses AerMet100 for critical aerospace components.… More

SBIR Phase I: Computational Design of Nanostructured High-Performance Shape Memory Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Weijia Tang
Award Amount: $99,855.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project focuses on the computational design of a new class of shape memory alloys (SMAs ). In this project advanced computational design methodology will be used to incorporate precipitation strengthening and demonstrate the feasibility of… More

Low Cost High Strength High Toughness Corrosion Resistant Materials for Marine Corps Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
QuesTek Innovations LLC proposes to demonstrate the feasibility for the rapid development of a low-cost, nanostructured high-strength, high-toughness stainless steel for components of the Marine Corps Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV), which experience severe corrosive and abrasive… More

Advanced Rocket Propulsion Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles J. Kuehmann, President & CEO
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Current rocket propulsion technology is in large part limited by the materials used in component fabrication. QuesTek Innovations is proposing this Phase I SBIR effort to utilize emerging computational design techniques to predictively design and develop an Al-based amorphous alloy that would… More

High Strength, Affordable Helicopter Gears

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Frode Stavehaug, Director - Application En
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The Army's SBIR Phase I solicitation seeks to demonstrate the potential for improved bending and contact fatigue strength of gear alloys for increasing the power density of main helicopter gearboxes. QuesTek Innovations proposes to utilize advances in gear steel technology and surface treatment… More

Low Cost High Strength High Toughness Corrosion Resistant Materials for Marine Corps Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $599,710.00
Abstract:
The goal of this program is to develop and qualify a custom-designed alloy for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), which experiences severe corrosive and abrasive environments, including seawater and sand. In particular, the spindles on this vehicle are… More

Systems-Based Design of Ferritic-Martensitic Superalloys for Generation IV Nuclear Reactors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,910.00
Abstract:
78198S Future nuclear reactors (Generation IV) will operate at higher temperatures to allow for increased economic and energy efficiency, as well as to support thermochemical hydrogen production. Ferritic-martensitic alloys are attractive materials for this application, due to their resistance to… More

Computational Materials Design of a High-Strength Copper Alloy for Replacing BeCu Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $149,844.00
Abstract:
QuesTek Innovations is proposing to use its computational materials design technology to demonstrate the feasibility of improving the strength of beryllium-free copper alloys to create a non-toxic substitute for beryllium-copper (BeCu) alloys. Beryllium is a unique element used in various alloys… More

Exploratory Development of Functionally Graded Nano-Composite (FGNC) for Gear Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: APPLIED RESEARCH LAB. PENN STATE
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Senior Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $69,984.00
RI Contact: Suren Rao
Abstract:
The proposed research would be a collaborative effort combining the gear testing expertise of Penn State's Gear Research Institute with the modeling and alloy design expertise of QuesTek Innovations. Engineers from the V22 manufacturer, Bell Helicopter, would be consulted to establish the desired… More

Exploratory Development of Functionally Graded Nano-Composite (FGNC) for Gear Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Senior Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $499,777.00
RI Contact: Barbara J. Johnson
Abstract:
The goal of this STTR program is to design and demonstrate a new carburized gear steel alloy that improves performance and power density for the V22 rotorcraft transmission compared to the incumbent carburized gear steel, X53. This STTR program is a collaborative effort among materials design… More

Innovative Surface Modification for Aluminum, Magnesium and High Strength Steel Alloys to Enhance Corrosion Resistance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Sr. Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $79,951.00
Abstract:
7xxx series aluminum alloys are widely used for structural components of aircraft such as wing spars due to their high specific strength. Unfortunately, tempering most 7xxx series alloys to peak strength results in susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Despite utilizing the best… More

Computational Design of Advanced Alloys for USN Landing Gear

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Tufts, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $79,995.00
Abstract:
The United States Navy (USN) uses a number of high strength steels, primarily AerMet100, in demanding landing gear structural applications. Unfortunately AerMet100 is expensive and, despite impressive mechanical properties, is subject to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and requires toxic plating… More

Computational Materials Design of a High-Strength Copper Alloy for Replacing BeCu Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Sr. Materials Design Engi
Award Amount: $599,861.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this SBIR program is to design, develop, and qualify an environmentally-benign, Be-free replacement alloy for BeCu bearing alloy AMS 4534 that is used in sliding, load-bearing components of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) using QuesTek's computational materials design… More

Physics Based Gear Health Prognosis via Modeling Coupled with Component Level Tests

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $69,862.00
RI Contact: Charlotte Newman
Abstract:
A "smart steel" concept is proposed by QuesTek Innovations to enable a major advance in physics-based gear health prognosis. The concept is based around idea that the decay of stable austenite within the cases of gear steels during high-cycle fatigue (HCF) may provide a "state expressive" signature… More

Design and Development of a New Titanium Alloy with Improved Near-Net-Shape Formability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason T. Sebastian, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $69,979.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, QuesTek proposes to apply its Materials by Designr technology to the design and development of a new castable titanium alloy. Microstructural concepts for the alloy design will focus on improved castability (near-net-shape formability), improved mechanical strength… More

Main Rotor Weight Reduction and Performance Enhancement via the use of Carburized, High-Strength, Secondary Hardening Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Christopher P. Kern, Manager - Engineering Services
Award Amount: $69,977.00
Abstract:
Main rotor shafts, specifically those used on the CH-47, are among the largest, heaviest, and highly loaded single components on rotorcraft. As the materials technology used in these shafts are decades old, (carburized 9310) there exists an opportunity to redesign the component with state-of-the-art… More

Integration of Computational Tools for Accelerating Insertion of Aluminum Alloys in Navy Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: NORTHWESTERN UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Herng-Jeng Jou, Director, Technology
Award Amount: $69,982.00
RI Contact: Gregory B. Olson
Abstract:
DARPA's successful Accelerated Insertion of Materials (AIM) initiative and QuesTek's Materials by Designr technology have together demonstrated the benefit of an integrated methodology incorporating emerging computational materials simulations to reduce the time and resources required for developing… More

Computational Design of Advanced Alloys for USN Landing Gear

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Brian E. Tufts, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $404,382.00
Abstract:
The United States Navy (USN) uses a number of high strength steels, primarily AerMet100, in demanding landing gear structural applications. Unfortunately AerMet100 is expensive and, despite impressive mechanical properties, is subject to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and requires plating… More

SBIR Phase I: Highly Processable High Performance Ni Superalloys for Heat Exchanger Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, DPhil
Award Amount: $96,350.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will design and develop a new high performance Ni superalloy material for high temperature heat exchanger applications. The alloy design will leverage existing QuesTek efforts on Ni superalloy modeling, design, and prototyping, including… More

Corrosion Resistant Naval Alloys: Innovative Multi-Scale Computational Modeling and Simulation Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jason T. Sebastian, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
QuesTek proposes to apply its Materials by Designr technology to the development of a multiscale modeling architecture of ultra-high strength (UHS) steel corrosion behavior. In Phase I, models developed within this architecture will consider the underlying microstructure and nanostructure of the… More

Computational Design of High-Strength Anodize-Free Stainless Aluminum Alloys for Aerospace Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Sr. Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Most aerospace aluminum alloys are anodized in order to enhance corrosion resistance. Unfortunately, anodization can reduce fatigue strength by as much as 40%, and also results in a hazardous materials waste-stream. Under this proposed SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations LLC, a leader in the field of… More

Improved Soft Magnetic Materials for High Power Density Electrical Machines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Jason T. Sebastian, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $99,988.00
RI Contact: John B. Ketterson
Abstract:
QuesTek proposes to apply its Materials by Designf technology to the design and development of a new high performance soft magnetic material. Working closely with our OEM partner (Hamilton Sundstrand) and with our research institution collaborator (Northwestern University), we will identify the… More

Computational Design and Development of Low-Voltage Sacrificial Anode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
Cathodic protection methods, employing a sacrificial anode, are used to prevent corrosion of iron-based structural components in marine environments. However, as a consequence of galvanic coupling, hydrogen charging of high-strength steels occurs leading to hydrogen embrittlement and… More

Improved Electrical Contact Materials for Extremely High Current Sliding Contact Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
QuesTek proposes to apply its Materials by Designr technology to the design and development of a new material for Navy railgun armature applications. Microstructural concepts for new alloy designs will focus on improved strength, on improved conductivity (electrical and thermal), increased heat… More

Computational Design of Oxidation and Creep-Resistant Niobium Superalloys for High Temperature Turbine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Rising natural gas prices, concerns about CO2 and NOx emissions, and a desire to efficiently utilize coal resources have increased interest in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and other advanced power plant technologies that promise to be environmentally friendly, to emit lower levels… More

Computational Design of MoCr Superalloys for High Temperature Service

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director - Product Development
Award Amount: $98,978.00
Abstract:
This Phase I project applies QuesTek's unique computational materials design technology to the development of ductile, oxidation-resistant, and creep-resistant MoCr superalloys for use at 1300oC and above. Mo-Si-B or Nb-based systems developed for such demanding structural applications have… More

Improving the Performance of Navy Helicopter Masts by Using Corrosion-Resistant, Ultra-High-Strength Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director - Product Develo
Award Amount: $79,952.00
Abstract:
QuesTek will evaluate the feasibility of using Ferrium S53r as the main rotor shaft mast material in Navy helicopters to eliminate the need for toxic cadmium plating, reduce weight and increase toughness (durability), fatigue resistance, general corrosion resistance and SCC resistance. The alloys… More

3D Tomography-Assisted Mechanistic Fatigue Modeling and Life Prediction for Dual Microstructure Heat Treated Aeroturbine Disks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Herng-Jeng Jou, Project Manager
Award Amount: $99,787.00
Abstract:
To meet the increasing performance requirements of modern aeroturbine engines, a significant opportunity exists with the Dual Microstructure Heat Treatment (DMHT) technology for nickel-based aeroturbine disks. However, use of DMHT results in gradient microstructures and a major hurdle in perfecting… More

Computational Design of High-Strength Thermally-Stable Aluminum Alloy for Aircraft Wheel and Brake Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Director of Technology
Award Amount: $99,938.00
Abstract:
Aircraft wheels and brakes are subject to high energy braking events and harsh operating conditions. Constant improvements are being sought in key material properties for this demanding application in order to enable component weight reductions and reduce life-cycle costs. Under this proposed SBIR… More

Computational Design of Cost-Effective Oxidation- and Creep-Resistant Alloys for Coal-Fired Power Plants

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
Increasing the steam temperature of supercritical boilers from 1,000°F to 1,400°F can raise the operating efficiency of next-generation coal-fired power plants from about 32% to about 42%. However, traditional ferritic, austenitic, and nickel-based alloys struggle to meet 1,400°F (and… More

Analysis and Modeling of Foreign Object Damage (FOD) in Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Herng-Jeng Jou, Director of Technology
Award Amount: $69,961.00
RI Contact: Katherine T. Faber
Abstract:
Silicon (Si) based ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are one of the leading candidates for structural components in next generation gas turbine engines. There are several driving forces behind the introduction of ceramics in the hot-structure zone in jet engines including (i) the demand for higher… More

Improved Soft Magnetic Materials for High Power Density Electrical Machines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Jason T. Sebastian, Sr. Materials Design Engineer
Award Amount: $749,604.00
RI Contact: John B. Ketterson
Abstract:
In this proposed Phase II STTR program, QuesTek will apply its Materials by Design(TM) technology to the continued development of new high performance soft magnetic alloys. Working closely with the Air Force, with our OEM partner (Hamilton Sundstrand) and with our STTR research institution… More

Computational Design of MoCr Superalloys for High Temperature Service

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Sr. Materials Design Engi – (847) 425-8233
Award Amount: $749,892.00
Abstract:
QuesTek Innovations LLC proposes to expand its computational Materials by Design technology by developing a"design toolkit"that enables the computational design and development of oxidation- and creep-resistant ductile multicomponent Molybdenum-based superalloys for use at 1300 &… More

Design and Development of a New Titanium Alloy with Improved Near-Net-Shape Formability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Jason T. Sebastian, Sr. Materials Design Engi
Award Amount: $729,985.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II SBIR program, QuesTek will apply its Materials by Designr technology to the final design and development of a new castable titanium alloy for Army applications. Using cast Ti-6Al-4V as a property goal baseline, the aim is to develop a new castable alloy composition, exploring design… More

Main Rotor Weight Reduction and Performance Enhancement via the use of Carburized, High-Strength, Secondary Hardening Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Christopher Kern, Materials Engineer
Award Amount: $726,958.00
Abstract:
Main rotor shafts, specifically those used on the CH-47, are among the largest, heaviest, and highly loaded single components on rotorcraft. As the materials technology used in these shafts are decades old, (carburized 9310) there exists an opportunity to redesign the component with state-of-the-art… More

Computational Design of High-Strength Thermally-Stable Aluminum Alloy for Aircraft Wheel and Brake Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Sr. Materials Design Engi – (847) 425-8233
Award Amount: $746,981.00
Abstract:
Aircraft wheels are subject to high energy braking events and harsh operating conditions. Constant improvements are being sought in key material properties for this demanding application in order to enable component weight reductions and reduce life-cycle costs. In the Phase I SBIR program, QuesTek… More

Fatigue Resistant Martensitic Steel for Rotorcraft Drive Train Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Development
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
Under this SBIR program, QuesTek proposes to develop novel thermo-mechanical processing techniques to enhance the bending and contact fatigue resistance of high strength secondary hardening matensitic steels such as FerriumAr C64 for rotorcraft drive train components. A systems-engineering approach… More

Computational Design and Development of Low-Voltage Sacrificial Anode

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel
Award Amount: $598,794.00
Abstract:
Cathodic protection methods, employing a sacrificial anode, are used to prevent corrosion of iron-based structural components in marine environments. However, as a consequence of galvanic coupling, hydrogen charging of high-strength steels occurs leading to hydrogen embrittlement and… More

Innovative Materials for Highly Loaded Wear Application in Arresting Gear Tailhook Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Sr. Materials Design Engi
Award Amount: $79,888.00
Abstract:
The United States Navy (USN) currently uses a low-alloyed high strength steels, 4330V, for tailhook (shoe) applications. Unfortunately, there have been issues with the wear and thermal resistivity of 4330V that have led to short component lifetimes of 100-200 uses, as well as significant… More

Computational Design of Impact Resistant Environmental Barrier Coatings for Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Sr. Materials Design Engi
Award Amount: $79,914.00
Abstract:
Environmental barrier coated (EBC) SiC fiber-based ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are targeted for use in propulsion and power applications because of their high temperature capability, creep resistance and high thermal conductivity. However EBCs have been shown to be highly susceptible to foreign… More

Computationally Designed Co-based Alloy for Thermally Stable Machine Gun Barrel Liner

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel
Award Amount: $69,960.00
Abstract:
QuesTek Innovations LLC, a leader in the field of computational materials design, proposes to develop a new liner material and manufacturing processes, enabling a fully-lined machine gun barrel system to withstand the extreme conditions of sustained fire. Currently, warfighters must typically carry… More

Recovery Act - Computational Design of Advanced Oxide-Dispersion Strengthened Steels for High Temperature Nuclear Power Generation Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Dr.
Award Amount: $146,092.00
Abstract:
Rising natural gas prices, concerns about CO2 and NOx emissions, and a desire to efficiently utilize natural resources have increased interest in nuclear energy technology. However, next generation fission and fusion energy will require advanced new structural alloys with the ability to maintain… More

Computational Design of Weldable High-Cr Ferritic Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James A. Wright, Dr. – 847-425-8225
Award Amount: $149,986.00
Abstract:
Increasing the steam temperature of supercritical boilers from 1,000F to 1,400F can raise the operating efficiency of next-generation AUSC coal-fired power plants from about 32% to about 42% and address compelling environmental issues, while also enhancing national security, domestic employment,… More

High-Temperature Structural Material Process for Oxidation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Herng-Jeng Jou, Director of Technology – (847) 425-8221
Award Amount: $149,995.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Isothermal and cyclic oxidation at elevated temperatures could severely limit performance of high temperature materials and components for aerospace application. With ever increasing engine operating temperatures for better fuel efficiency, oxidation and its interaction with fracture… More

High Strength Stress Corrosion Resistant Aluminum Casting Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Senior Materials Design E – (847) 425-8233
Award Amount: $69,911.00
Abstract:
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is pursuing high-performance aluminum castings for structural components of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). Aluminum alloy A206 has been considered for these applications; however, this alloy is susceptible to hot tearing during casting, and has… More

Innovative Capability to Quantify Fatigue Damage and Assessment of Endurance Limit in Spectrum Load Histories

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Herng-Jeng Jou, Director of Technology – (847) 425-8221
Award Amount: $79,933.00
Abstract:
Flight-critical components in aircraft and helicopters experience complex service and loading conditions comprising of spectrum (variable amplitude) loading during their lifetime. Due to complex interaction of several life-limiting factors during spectrum loading, particularly, multiple fatigue… More

Innovative Methodologies for the Development of a High Strength, Anodize-Free Corrosion Resistant, Aerospace Aluminum Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Sr. Materials Design Engi – (847) 425-8233
Award Amount: $749,924.00
Abstract:
Lightweight, high-strength aluminum alloys are widely used for structural components of aircraft and ships. However all high-strength aluminum alloys, such as 7050-T74, are susceptible to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and general corrosion in chloride environments, and the repair and maintenance… More

Ferrium M54 T-45 Hook Shanks - Computational Design of Advanced Alloys for USN Landing Gear

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Senior Materials Design E – (847) 425-8227
Award Amount: $279,392.00
Abstract:
The Phase II.5 program will focus on production of demonstration T-45 hook shank components from the alloy, Ferrium M54, developed under the Phase II SBIR Program. The goals of the Phase II.5 program are to produce demonstration components from Ferrium M54, complete rig testing of the components at… More

Improving the Performance of Navy Helicopter Masts by Using Corrosion-Resistant, Ultra-High-Strength Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel – (847) 425-8225
Award Amount: $749,832.00
Abstract:
QuesTek will evaluate the feasibility of using Ferrium S53 as the main rotor shaft mast material in Navy helicopters to eliminate the need for toxic cadmium plating, reduce weight and increase toughness (durability), fatigue resistance, general corrosion resistance and SCC resistance. The alloys… More

Innovative Materials for Highly Loaded Wear Application in Arresting Gear Tailhook Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Senior Materials Design E – (847) 425-8227
Award Amount: $749,991.00
Abstract:
In this proposed Phase II SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations will work to qualify its advanced, secondary-hardening steels for demanding Navy arresting gear tailhook applications (without the requirement for specialized coatings that provide thermal/wear resistance).

Fatigue Resistant Martensitic Steel for Rotorcraft Drive Train Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel – (847) 425-8225
Award Amount: $729,577.00
Abstract:
In Phase I of this SBIR program, QuesTek successfully demonstrated a novel thermomechanical processing technique to enhance the bending fatigue resistance of Ferrium C64 steel. A systems-engineering approach was followed to identify key microstructure attributes (e.g., nonmetallic inclusions) that… More

Affordable CMAS -Resistant Thermal Barrier Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Senior Materials Design E – (847) 425-8233
Award Amount: $149,883.00
RI Contact: Carlos G. Levi
Abstract:
A notable failure mechanism in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) is the attack by calcium-magnesium-alumino silicate (CMAS) deposits resulting from the ingestion of siliceous minerals with the intake of air. Existing TBC systems such as yittria partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) are highly… More

Computational Design of Weldable High-Cr Ferritic Steel

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Dr. – 847-425-8225
Award Amount: $999,920.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is actively funding research to significantly enhance the thermal efficiency of coal-fired steam boilers for power generation through the use of advanced ultra-supercritical (A-USC) steam temperatures and pressures. Since coal fired power plants are the dominant… More

Computational Materials Design of Tungsten Alloys with Improved Fracture Toughness and a Lowered Ductile to Brittle Transition Temperature (DBTT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Dr. – 847-425-8233
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
The development of a reliable and safe fusion energy source will require advances in a number of technological areas, including high temperature materials with good mechanical properties that are also resistant to radiation embrittlement. Because tungsten has the highest melting point (3410C) and… More

Low-Cost Alloys for High-Temperature SOFC System Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Dr. – 847-425-8233
Award Amount: $149,768.00
Abstract:
Under this SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations LLC will apply its computational alloy design methodology and experience with high-Cr stainless ferritic alloy and oxidation modeling to create a novel low-cost alloy for SOFC with low Cr volatility and high oxidation resistance that is also weldable, to… More

Computational Design of Corrosion-resistant Gear Steel with Advanced Thermal Processing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel – (847) 425-8225
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
High performance gear and bearing materials are necessary to achieve long life and efficient operation of aerospace drive system turbine machinery operating in a marine environment. Current materials capable of providing fatigue and pitting resistance do not provide the desired corrosion resistance.… More

Computational Design and Development of Advanced Stainless Steel for Aircraft Engine and Lift Fan Gearbox Bearings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Wright, Director of Product Devel – (847) 425-8225
Award Amount: $149,968.00
Abstract:
High-performance, stainless bearing steel is needed to achieve long life and efficient operation of aerospace drive system turbine machinery operating in a corrosive environment. Available aerospace gear alloys such as Pyrowear 53, 9310, and Ferrium C64 are not corrosion resistant. Other options may… More

Low Maintenance Helicopter Tail Driveshaft Hanger Bearing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Christopher Kern, Manager of Engineering Se – (847) 425-8232
Award Amount: $79,965.00
Abstract:
A high-performance, stainless bearing steel is needed to reduce maintenance inspection intervals and increase life of MH-60S hanger bearings operating in a corrosive environment. Available bearing alloys such as 440C, Pyrowear 675, etc. provide some level of corrosion resistance, but ultimately,… More

Computational design of erosion-resistant, damage-tolerant, galvanically compatible coatings for compressor airfoil leading edges in gas turbine engin

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Abhijeet Misra, Senior Materials Design E – (847) 425-8233
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
Turbo-shaft engines operating in desert environments are continuously exposed to erosive media, such as sand particles. This environment leads to compressor airfoil erosion resulting in significant performance loss of the engine, reducing fleet readiness and increasing maintenance costs.… More

Computational Materials Design of Castable SX Ni-based Superalloys for IGT Blade Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Gregory Olson, Dr.
Award Amount: $149,618.00
Abstract:
In order to raise the inlet gas temperatures to improve thermal efficiency of industrial gas turbines (IGT), turbine blade materials are required to have superior creep rupture resistance. Ni-base single crystal (SX) blades have higher creep strength in comparison with directionally solidified… More

Computational Design and Development of Low Cost, High Strength, Low Loss Soft Magnetic Materials for Traction Drive Motor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Zechariah Feinberg, Dr. – 847-425-8235
Award Amount: $149,987.00
Abstract:
QuesTek proposes to apply its Materials By Design approach to design a high performance, low cost soft magnetic material capable of achieving significant cost savings to approach the DOE motor cost target of $4.7/kW in 2020. In order to meet the ambitious motor targets, traction motors in… More

Computational Design and Development of Advanced Stainless Steel for Aircraft Engine and Lift Fan Gearbox Bearings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Mgr of Technology and Pro – (847) 425-8227
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The overall goal of the Phase II program is to move QuesTek"s new stainless bearing steel alloy development efforts from the Phase I prototype scale, to intermediate- and full-scale alloy production. The Phase II program will culminate with a demonstration of the new alloy"s properties at… More

Theory-Driven Protocols for Replacing Elemental Composition of Strategic Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: William A. Counts, Materials Design Engineer – (847) 425-8229
Award Amount: $99,848.00
RI Contact: Rachel Mugg
Abstract:
Historically, materials discovery has been a costly and slow process that resulted either accidently from trial-and-error Edisonian experimentation or more deliberately based on the intuition gained from the trial-and-error approach. The time and cost needed to discover new materials using current… More

Affordable CMAS-Resistant Thermal Barrier Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Principal Investigator: Gregory Olson, Chief Science Officer – (847) 425-8220
Award Amount: $499,905.00
RI Contact: Carlos G. Levi
Abstract:
In this STTR program, QuesTek Innovations LLC, a leader in the field of computational materials design, proposes to expand its computational Materials by Design technology by developing a thermodynamics-based"design toolkit"that enables the subsequent design and development of novel… More

Aluminum Alloy Development and Use in Additive Manufacturing Process Design for Drive System Gear Boxes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sebastian, Manager of Technology and – (847) 425-8227
Award Amount: $79,991.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations, a leader in the field of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), proposes to design and develop novel aluminum alloys specifically optimized for the unique processing conditions and challenges of Additive Manufacturing processing.… More