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Improved Soft Magnetic Materials for High Power Density Electrical Machines

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
90177
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
F08A-031-0042
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Improved Soft Magnetic Materials for High Power Density Electrical Machines
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-09-C-0027
Award Amount: $99,988.00
 

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 critical performance criteria for a new high performance soft magnetic material including saturation magnetization, mechanical strength, alloy cost, magnetic hysteresis loses, temperature performance, and electrical resistivity. Property and microstructural models will be developed. Microstructural concepts with the potential of achieving the program goals will be explored, including a novel precipitation-strengthened FeCo alloy concept. A series of prototype alloys that explore different aspects of our modeling- and microstructural concept-spaces will be designed, produced, and tested for mechanical and magnetic performance. In Phase II, Phase I results would be leveraged to design, produce, and test a final alloy composition at intermediate scale and (eventually) full industrial scale. Initial property models would be revisited and refined in Phase II to aid in the final alloy design. BENEFIT: The need for high performance soft magnetic alloys with improved strength, magnetization, and temperature capabilities is prevalent in numerous electrical motor and actuator applications, aerospace and otherwise. A high performance soft magnetic alloy with improved mechanical and magnetic properties could directly address requirements on DoD platforms for higher power generation and actuator performance. Improved temperature resistance in the new alloy would enable application in hotter environments, including those environments in very close proximity to turbine engine hot zones.

Principal Investigator:

Jason T. Sebastian
Materials Design Engineer
8473285800
jsebastian@questek.com

Business Contact:

Raymond P. Genellie, Jr.
Vice President - Operations
8474258211
rgenellie@questek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201

EIN/Tax ID: 364116425
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Northwestern University
Office of Sponsored Research
633 Clark Street, 2-502
Evanston, IL 60208
Contact: John B. Ketterson
Contact Phone: (847) 491-5468
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university