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Company Information:

Company Name: Shear Form, Inc
City: Bryan
State: TX
Zip+4: 77801-2520
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (979) 693-4102

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,097,329.00 10
SBIR Phase II $3,282,272.00 4

Award List:

Thermomechanical Processing of Nb for Improved Superconductor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber
Award Amount: $99,280.00
Abstract:
72559B03-I For Nb-based superconductor applications, prior work has indicated that if the starting Nb configuration (rod, plate, sheet, or tube) has large grain size, a nonuniform grain size, or significant texture gradients, then the resulting multi-filamentary conductors will have a lower… More

Microstructural Refinement of Tantalum for Superconductor Diffusion Barrier Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,916.00
Abstract:
75778-Previous research has shown that the Ta diffusion barrier in composite Nb3Sn superconductors, such as those used in the superconducting magnets needed for fusion confinement systems, may develop a failure mode during wire drawing, due to the non-uniform deformation of the thin Ta layer. This… More

Improved Nb For Superconducting RF Cavities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
79394B Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities, such as those fabricated at Jefferson Laboratory and used in charged particle linear accelerators, are formed by deep drawing. In this process, a non-uniform or poorly textured microstructure in the starting sheet can cause poor deformation… More

Microstructual Refinement of Ta For Superconductor Diffusion Barrier Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $675,000.00
Abstract:
75778B Previous research has shown that the Ta diffusion barrier in composite Nb3Sn superconductors, such as those used in the superconducting magnets needed for fusion confinement systems, may develop a failure mode during wire drawing, due to the non-uniform deformation of the thin Ta layer. … More

Ductile Nb Sheet for Superconducting RF Cavities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities, such as those fabricated at Jefferson Laboratory or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and used in charged particle linear accelerators like CEBAF, are formed by deep drawing a high-residual-resistance-ratio (RRR), pure niobium sheet. … More

Manufacture of Fine-Grained Niobium Bar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,518.00
Abstract:
The commercial fabrication of fine-filament superconducting Nb3Sn wire has inherent problems stemming from large grains in the starting Nb material. Current severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques can eliminate the problem by producing small grains in the large cross section Nb bars used for… More

Manufacture of Fine-Grained Niobium Bar

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $649,970.00
Abstract:
For advanced magnets used in high energy physics research, commercially available NB3Sn superconductor wire needs to have smaller superconducting filament regions, while retaining a high critical current density (Jc). However, the currently available Nb bars used in such conductors have a large… More

Engineered Dual NbTa Barriers for Higher Jc Nb3Sn Superconductors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,701.00
Abstract:
The tantalum (Ta) diffusion barrier in advanced Nb3Sn superconductors often develops a failure mode during wire drawing. In this mode, the Nb and Ta layer deforms non-uniformly, leading to a rough interface with adjacent copper. The non-uniform deformation of these layers can lead to premature… More

"Fine grain Nb tube for SRF Cavities"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities used in charged particle linear accelerators, are currently fabricated by deep drawing and welding high RRR pure niobium sheet. The sheet typically has a non-uniform and poorly textured microstructure which leads to excessive thinning, unpredictable… More

Tantalum Tube for Diffusion Barriers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert E. Barber, Mr. – 979-822-5038
Award Amount: $149,000.00
Abstract:
Diffusion barriers used in Nb3Sn wire are currently fabricated by wrapping Ta sheet into a tube with signifigant overlap. The result of current practice is non-uniform deformation in the Ta sheet as it thins by wire drawing because of non-uniform grain size and texture. In addition, a signifigant… More

Tantalum Tube for Diffusion Barriers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Barber, Mr. – 979-822-5038
Award Amount: $963,609.00
Abstract:
Diffusion barriers used in Nb3Sn wire are currently fabricated by wrapping Ta sheet into a tube with an overlap seam. The result of current practice is non- uniform deformation in the Ta sheet as it thins by wire drawing because of non-uniform grain size and texture. In addition, a significant… More

Seamless Nb Tubes for SRF Cavities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Barber, Mr. – 979-822-5038
Award Amount: $149,924.00
Abstract:
Superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities used in charged particle linear accelerators, are currently fabricated by expensive deep drawing, welding, and geometry adjustment methods. The RRR pure niobium sheet used typically has a non-uniform and poorly textured microstructure which leads to… More

Fabrication of High-Strength Nanostructured Bulk Aluminum Alloys

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robert B. P.e., Vice President – (979) 822-5038
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
There is a need for better lightweight metal alloys for Department of Defense transportation vehicles. Such material will have extremely high strength and toughness, and could be used for improved armor and other vehicular structural components. We propose to fabricate three advanced extremely high… More

Seamless Nb Tubes for SRF Cavities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Robert Barber, Mr.
Award Amount: $993,693.00
Abstract:
The problems with current pure niobium (Nb) superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities are that manufacture is expensive; cavity performance is often poor; and manufacturing results are inconsistent. These problems stem primarily from three factors: (i) the high cost of pure Nb, (ii) a poor and… More