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Company Information:

Company Name: Surmet Corporation
City: Burlington
State: MA
Zip+4: 01803-
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.surmet.com
Phone: (781) 345-5721

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $6,396,697.00 71
SBIR Phase II $25,516,502.00 35

Award List:

DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL BRAZING MATERIAL TO JOIN CARBON-CARBON TO METALS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri
Award Amount: $74,999.00
Abstract:
Joining carbon-carbon (c-c) composites to metallic alloys is important for doe's fusion energy program. use of current braze alloy technology produces joints with unbonded areas due to a lack of homogeneity of titanium in the alloy. this is a result of inherent limitation of the fabrication process.… More

DEVELOPMENT OF AN ELECTROCHEMICAL INFILTRATION METHOD FOR CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITE SURFACE PREPARATION

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri
Award Amount: $74,998.00
Abstract:
The use of carbon-carbon (c-c) composites in many industrial applications has been limited due to difficulties in joining to other structural materials. approaches using active braze alloys have met with limited success because of inhomogeneity of the braze alloy, wettability problems, and… More

DUCTILE JOINING OF BERYLLIUM TO COPPER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri
Award Amount: $75,000.00

LOW COST SUBSTRATES FOR MICRO-STRIP GAS CHAMBERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Richard A Cooke
Award Amount: $75,000.00

JOINING OF ALUMINUM TO CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES FOR FUSION REACTOR APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri
Award Amount: $75,000.00

LOW COST SUBSTRATES FOR MICRO-STRIP GAS CHAMBERS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mr Richard A Cooke
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Micro-strip gas chambers (msgc) high resolution counting devices for detecting events produced by particle-particle and heavy ion collisions in high energy accelerators. they are of great interest because of their fine granularity, high, gain and potential for low cost, large area event detection. … More

DUCTILE JOINING OF BERYLLIUM TO COPPER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Beryllium appears to be the choice for plasma facing components of the high energy fusion reactor international experimental thermnuclear reactor (iter) design. current design heat flux conditions for the iter are formidable and must be dealt with safely and reliably. components such as the… More

JOINING OF ALUMINUM TO CARBON-CARBON COMPOSITES FOR FUSION REACTOR APPLICATIONS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
The joining technologies currently available for joining metals to carbon-carbon (c-c) composites are not entirely satisfactory for fusion reactor applications for many reasons. active braze alloys containing reactive metals that wet the carbon by forming carbides have been the accepted method used… More

Low Temperature Fabrication of Copper Swirl Tubes for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Suri A. Sastri
Award Amount: $75,000.00

Fabrication of Copper-Backed Dense Tungsten Plasma Facing Component Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Suri A. Sastri
Award Amount: $75,000.00

Novel Process For The Braze Joining Of Ceramic, Graphite And Metals

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Suri A. Sastri , President
Award Amount: $70,000.00

Fabrication of a Copper-Backed Beryllium PFC Armor with a Built-In Diffusion Barrier Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suri A. Sastri , President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
40811 November 13, 1996 Surmet Corporation Although beryllium is a leading candidate for plasma facing components in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, it is difficult to thermally bond the beryllium to the cooling structure. This… More

Fabrication fo Reliable Tungsten Brush Structures for Fusion Reactor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suri A. Sastri , President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
199 Fabrication for Reliable Tungsten Brush Structures for Fusion Reactor Applications--Surmet Corporation, 33 B Street, , Burlington, MA 01803-3406; (617) 272-3250 Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Principal Investigator Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82488 Amount: … More

Fabrication of Active Braze Alloys for High Temperature Service

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suri A. Sastri , President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
38 Fabrication of Active Braze Alloys for High Temperature Service--Surmet Corporation, 33 B Street, , Burlington, MA 01803-3406; (617) 272-3250 Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Principal Investigator Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-97ER82489 Amount: $75,000 The… More

Micromechanically Compliant Coating for Die Casting Dies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nilesh Gunda , Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50933-98-I Micromechanically Compliant Coating for Die Casting Dies--Surmet Corporation, 33 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803-3406; (781) 272-3250 Dr. Nilesh Gunda, Principal Investigator Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82679 Amount: $75,000 Die casting dies are… More

Adherent and Reliable Alumina Coating Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suri A. Sastri , President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50303-98-I Adherent and Reliable Alumina Coating Development--Surmet Corporation, 33 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803-3406; (781) 272-3250 Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Principal Investigator Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82681 Amount: $75,000 Many advanced energy and… More

A Simple and Direct Tungsten Brush Fabrication Technique

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Nilesh Gunda , Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50864-98-I A Simple and Direct Tungsten Brush Fabrication Technique--Surmet Corporation, 33 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803-3406; (781) 272-3250 Dr. Nilesh Gunda, Principal Investigator Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82680 Amount: $75,000 Reliable technology for… More

Insulating Coatings Development for Vanadium Alloys for Use in Fusion Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. Suri Sastri , President
Award Amount: $75,000.00
Abstract:
50863-98-I Insulating Coatings Development for Vanadium Alloys for Use in Fusion Systems--Surmet Corporation, 33 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803-3406; (781) 272-3250 Dr. Suri Sastri, Principal Investigator Dr. Suri A. Sastri, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82678 Amount: … More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr Suri A Sastri , President
Award Amount: $750,000.00

Innovative Coatings for High Reliability MEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Prashant Karandikar
Award Amount: $99,990.00

High performance hard carbon coatings for naval aircraft components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Suri Sastri
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
Not Available Navy vessels rely on epoxy coatings to protect the hull from the corrosive sea water environment, but scratches are frequently developed in these coatings during normal operations. Current formulations and application techniques used to repair damaged coatings under water produce… More

Innovative Vanadium Alloy Joining for Fusion Reactor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Not Available The Conceptual FOM (C-FOM) Design Tool's objective is to provide domain and subject matter experts, such as scenario developers, automated support for understanding and utilizing available simulation assets during HLA Federation development. The C-FOM Design Tool will import… More

Innovative Coatings for High Reliability MEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Prashant Karandikar
Award Amount: $750,000.00

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Prashant Karandikar, Senior Materials Scientis
Award Amount: $70,000.00

High performance hard carbon coatings for naval aircraft components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Suri A. Sastri
Award Amount: $599,999.00

Ultra Low Friction Hard Carbon Coatings for Naval Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nilesh Gunda, Materials Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Naval ships contain many systems that have rotating, sliding or otherwise wearing surfaces. Many of these systems require significant maintenance for lubrication and wear related adjustments. Navy has identified the potential use of near frictionlesscarbon coatings for improving the performance of… More

Dense, Hard Tough Coatings for Corrosion and Erosion Resistance Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Suri A. Sastri, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
"Engine corrosion and erosion of compressor blades and vanes has been a critical degrader of gas turbine engine fleet for naval applications. Corrosion of compressor airfoils has also been found to be a major problem causing high compressor airfoil scraprate, more frequent engine overhauls and an… More

Low Cost Durable EMI Screen for Aircraft Infrared Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, President, ALON Technolog
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Existing screen technology for protecting sensors in aircrafts from electromagnetic interference (EMI) is prone to damage caused by rain erosion and environmental loads during flight. Surmet Corporation proposes to develop a durable screen, which will notonly provide shielding from electro-magnetic… More

Window Material for High Energy Laser Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas H. Hartnett, Director, Ceramic Prod. D
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
High energy laser (HEL) window materials require high transmission of energy from directed energy (DE) devices while providing improved properties required for long life and affordable airborne application. The material must have low absorption and lowscattering in the laser wavelength region. Of… More

Athermal Smart Windows for Laser Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, President, ALON Technolog
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Bulkhead windows used in the airborne laser (ABL) system, besides being mechanically strong with very low absorption and scatter characteristics at the laser wavelengths (0.8-3.2 mm), should exhibit minimum thermo-optical distortion caused by temperaturevariation within the material. Fused silica is… More

Transparent Oxynitride Coatings for High Speed Missile Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, President, ALON Technolog
Award Amount: $99,000.00
Abstract:
Preliminary work on thin films of silicon-carbon-oxy-nitride (aka SiCON) by ion-beam sputtering (IBS) has suggested the potential of this material for high-speed missile window application. Surmet Corporation proposes to use an innovative plasma depositiontechnique to demonstrate fabrication of… More

Strongly Adherent Radiation Hard Anti-Reflection Coatings for Mercury-Cadmium-Telluride Detectors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, President, ALON Technolog
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) is the basic material for infrared detector and LWIR sensor applications. Anti-reflection coatings are applied on the backside of the substrate for preventing the radiation damage. However, the useful lifetime ofanti-reflection coatings is significantly reduced upon… More

Low Cost Durable EMI Screen for Aircraft Infrared Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman
Award Amount: $749,761.00
Abstract:
In certain aircraft, sensor apertures are too large to cover with an infra-red (IR) transparent window and these apertures are covered with an electro-magnetic interference (EMI) screen. The F-117 Stealth Fighter is an example of an aircraft with such a screen. This screen is prone to damage by… More

Window Material for High Energy Laser Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas M. Hartnett
Award Amount: $749,903.00
Abstract:
Transparent ALON polycrystalline ceramic is a durable window material currently under development for high energy lasers (HEL) operating at near infrared wavelengths (NIR). ALON has high transparency, high strength and hardness and can be economically scaled to large widow sizes up to 600 mm… More

Transparent Oxynitride Coatings for High Speed Missiles Application

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Managing Director, ALON P
Award Amount: $736,169.00
Abstract:
The oxynitride group of coatings, based on ternary phase diagram of silicon, carbon and nitrogen with the addition of oxygen, also known as SiCON, has potential for use as hard and durable coatings for high speed missile windows and domes. During the Phase I effort, Surmet successfully… More

Fabrication Approaches for the Production of ALON Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Managing Director, ALON P
Award Amount: $98,999.00
Abstract:
ALONT optical ceramic provides a superior combination of performance, cost and ease of fabrication when compared to sapphire. While sapphire is a high performance material, it suffers from limited size capability, and high component/fabrication costs. Consequently, ALON is a more attractive… More

Light Weight/High Performance ALON Transparency for Ballistic Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Managing Director, ALON Products
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Improved protection from hostile environments and ballistic threats is essential for enhanced survivability of the operational forces in low flying conditions. Weight restrictions on aircraft put a severe limitation to the degree of protection that can be provided. Polycrystalline aluminum… More

Cost-Effective Fabrication of Transparent Spinel Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Managing Director, ALON P
Award Amount: $119,952.00
Abstract:
Sapphire is the state of the art material for windows and domes with requirements for transparency from the visible to the mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) region, where environmental loading is an issue. Unfortunately, sapphire is expensive and costly to fabricate due to its an-isotropic properties.… More

Cost-Effective Fabrication of Transparent Spinel Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Managing Director, ALON P
Award Amount: $725,826.00
Abstract:
Spinel provides a superior combination of optical performance, cost and ease of fabrication when compared to sapphire. Additionally sapphire, suffers from limited size capability, and high component/fabrication costs. Consequently, spinel is a more attractive material for high volume dome… More

Fabrication Approaches for the Production of ALON Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Managing Director, ALON G
Award Amount: $749,856.00
Abstract:
The dome for the Joint Common Missile (JCM) program is required to have a patterned metal mesh buried between inner and outer dielectric layers. Surmet's approach is to adhesively bond inner and outer ALON shells together, with a metal grid buried at the interface. The bonding and fabrication… More

Light Weight/High Performance ALON Transparency for Ballistic Protection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Managing Director, ALON P
Award Amount: $749,881.00
Abstract:
Polycrystalline aluminum oxynitride, ALON Optical Ceramic, has long been identified as the premier transparent armor material. However, until recently it was very expensive and available only in small pieces, and small quantities. ALON windows and domes are now available, through Surmet Corporation,… More

Consolidation of Nanograin Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Improvement in strength is desirable in order to make yttria suitable for transparent window/dome applications. The strength of fine-grain ceramics is limited first by grain size, and second by processing flaws. These strength limiters can be controlled, yielding high-strength and improved… More

Protective Coating for ZnS Windows & Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Managing Director, ALON Products
Award Amount: $119,997.00
Abstract:
Zinc sulfide (ZnS) is an attractive candidate for missile windows and domes because of its broadband optical transparency. However, ZnS is a relatively soft and weak material (compared to Sapphire, ALON and Spinel) and is therefore subject to erosion damage when exposed to the rigors of… More

Advanced Preform Technology for Complex-Shaped CMC Cooled Turbine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Division Manager, Metal & Ceramics
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
CMC components can provide substantial increase in turbine engine performance and fuel economy. However, the current ceramic fibers are not suitable to produce small, intricate shaped reinforcement preforms for turbine components of interest. Reinforcement preform technology has thus become a key… More

Durability Improvements for Detector Antireflection Treatments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Managing Director, ALON Products
Award Amount: $99,979.00
Abstract:
Anti reflection (AR) coatings, used for detectors in space-based long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) sensor systems, are subjected to a variety of environmental loadings in space such as extreme temperature variations and solar radiation. The resulting damage to the coatings can cause inoperability of… More

Protective Coating for ZnS Windows & Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Chief Tech. Officer, Opt.
Award Amount: $729,696.00
Abstract:
Surmet proposes using their durable coating technologies to enhance the performance of Missile windows and domes. These coatings will be used to improve optical performance, durability and `polishability' of Missile Windows and Domes. Durable oxide Anti-Reflection coatings deposited over thick… More

Strength Improvements in Spinel Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
Magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel is a material of interest for visible to mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) windows and domes that operate in demanding environments. However, spinel is not as strong as other materials, such as sapphire or ALON Optical Ceramic, which are currently used for such… More

Near Net Shape Forming of Spinel Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $119,991.00
Abstract:
The current method for producing dome blanks for multimode optics is to spray dry powders, followed by isopressing around metal mandrels. Yield losses during spray drying, and excess material requirements in the pressing step represent a significant portion of the final part cost. Unfortunately,… More

Improvements in Yttria Strength for Durable Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Warner, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer
Award Amount: $69,356.00
Abstract:
Processing options are explored by which the ultimate strength of yttria can be increased without adversely affecting any of yttria's physical or optical properties, particularly its optical transparency in the band pass of interest. In this SBIR, the baseline approach will be a modification of the… More

Near Net Shape Forming of Spinel Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $723,302.00
Abstract:
The current method for producing dome blanks for multimode optics is to spray dry powders, followed by isopressing around metal mandrels. Yield losses during spray drying, and excess material requirements in the pressing step represent a significant portion of the final part cost. Unfortunately,… More

Novel, Low Cost Fabrication Method for Multiseeker Domes with Integrated Metal Grid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $723,302.00
Abstract:
The current method used to produce domes for multimode seeker optics is to bond dome shells together with specialized adhesives following metal gridding on one inner surface. This is an expensive and time consuming process, and is not particularly suited to manufacturability. In particular,… More

Application of an Infrared Transmitting Dielectric to Concave Spherical Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $119,932.00
Abstract:
The dome for the Joint Common Missile (JCM) program is required to have a patterned metal mesh buried between inner and outer dielectric layers. Surmet has worked closely with the Army and Lockheed Martin to produce prototype domes by bonding inner and outer shells of ALON or Spinel together. The… More

Application of an Infrared Transmitting Dielectric to Concave Spherical Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Chief Tech. Officer, Opt.
Award Amount: $723,302.00
Abstract:
The dome for the Joint Common Missile (JCM) program is required to have a patterned metal mesh buried between inner and outer dielectric layers. Surmet has worked closely with the Army and Lockheed Martin to produce prototype domes by bonding inner and outer shells of ALON or Spinel together. The… More

Novel, Low Cost Fabrication Method for Multiseeker Domes with Integrated Metal Grid

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $119,958.00
Abstract:
The current method used to produce domes for multimode seeker optics is to bond dome shells together with specialized adhesives following metal gridding on one inner surface. This is an expensive and time consuming process, and is not particularly suited to manufacturability. In particular,… More

Oxidation Resistant CMC Materials Technology for Lightweight and Environmentally Durable Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
Surmet will demonstrate a novel processing method to develop environmentally resistant C/SiC composites for turbomachinery. The need to reduce the weight, size, and costs of current systems make the use of SiC ideal in these high temperatures and extreme environments. Traditional processing of SiC… More

Green Body Machining of Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph M. Wahl, Director, Optical Ceramics
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Applications, such as the JCM and Small Diameter Bomb, require affordable, durable domes with multiple-waveband transparency (i.e., near-IR, MWIR, LWIR and MMW). Cost effective fabrication of such domes, will require achieving the optimal balance between competing requirements. Choice of durable… More

Low Cost Finishing of Optical Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Warner, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
A lower-cost ceramic dome constructed of ALON or Spinel would be extremely advantageous to the DOD in that a significant portion of the cost of an optical dome is created by the optical fabrication effort. Surmet Corp. is proposing a number of modifications to the `Synchronous' fabrication method in… More

Near Net Shape Forming of ALON Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
The current method for producing dome blanks for multimode optics involves pressing powders around metal mandrels using isostatic pressure. Yield losses during powder preparation, and excess material requirements in the pressing step represent a significant portion of the final part cost. An… More

Durability Improvements for Detector Antireflection Treatments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Chief Tech. Officer, Opt.
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
HgCdTe imaging devices used in space applications require robust anti-reflection (AR) treatment on backside of CdZnTe substrate to adequately perform in harsh radiative environment. The rigors of this environment include extreme temperature cycling and high energy radiation. Multilayer AR coatings… More

Enhanced Strength and Durability in Zinc Sulfide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Warner, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Processing options are explored by which the ultimate strength of ZnS can be increased without adversely affecting its other physical or optical properties, particularly its optical transparency in the band-pass of interest. In this SBIR, the baseline approach will be a modification of the optical… More

Novel Multi-mode Seeker Dome for Miniature Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
New applications, such as the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), require affordable, durable domes with multiple-waveband transparency (i.e., near-IR, MWIR or LWIR, and MMW). Cost effective fabrication of such a dome, will require achieving the optimal balance between competing requirements. Choice of… More

Precision Optics Manufacturing of Large Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Chief Technlogy Officer
Award Amount: $69,839.00
Abstract:
There are currently three different approaches under consideration for construction of multi-layer hemispherical multi-mode domes: (1) The bonded shell method - in which an inner and an outer dome shell are fabricated out of either ALON or Spinel, and bonded together, using a transparent adhesive, … More

Manufacturing Issues for Multimode Seeker Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $69,840.00
Abstract:
There are currently three different approaches under consideration for construction of multi-layer hemispherical multi-mode domes: (1) The bonded shell method - in which an inner and an outer dome shell are fabricated out of either ALON or Spinel, and subsequently bonded together, using a… More

Novel Multi-mode Seeker Dome for Miniature Munitions

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, VP-Optical Ceramics Techn
Award Amount: $749,999.00
Abstract:
New applications, such as the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), require affordable, durable domes with transparency in multiple wavebands (i.e., near IR, MWIR or LWIR, and MMW). Producing such a dome in a cost effective manner will require achieving the optimal balance between competing requirements.… More

Strength Improvements in Spinel Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel is a material of interest for visible to mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) windows and domes that operate in demanding environments. However, spinel is not as strong as other materials, such as sapphire or ALON optical ceramic, which are currently used for such… More

Advanced Preform Technology for Complex-Shaped CMC Cooled Turbine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, R&D Director
Award Amount: $484,994.00
Abstract:
This SBIR program is demonstrating innovative reinforcement preforming technology for complex shaped turbine engine components such as vanes and shrouds. This will provide an economical, practical and scaleable alternative to the current fiber-based reinforcement preforms by eliminating expensive… More

Lightweight and Environmentally Durable Propulsion Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Uday L. Kashalikar, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
Silicon carbide matrix composites can produce turbomachinery structures with 1500oC service temperature capability at less than one-half the weight of metallic structures. This would translate into substantial improvement in rocket (or aircraft) system performance. However, SiC composites do not… More

Improved Cost Effectiveness in ALON Transparent Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mroz, Operations Manager
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Aluminum Oxynitride (ALON Optical Ceramic) is a transparent ceramic material which exhibits transmission from the ultraviolet (UV) through the midwave infrared (MWIR), along with excellent mechanical properties. ALON has isotropic optical and mechanical properties, by virtue of its cubic… More

Improved Environmental protection for Zinc Sulfide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Vice-President, Optical Ceramics
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Multispectral ZnS windows provide excellent broadband transmission but suffer from susceptibility to damage from handling, sand erosion and rain impact. Surmet is proposing innovative technology to provide such protection while meeting the stated transmission requirements, >65% at 1.06 microns and… More

Metamaterial-Based Electrically Small Antenna

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, R&D Director
Award Amount: $69,994.00
Abstract:
Metamaterials have unusual electromagnetic properties such as backward wave propagation, negative refraction, subwavelength resolution imaging and tailor made refractive index, which allow for several novel applications such as electrically small, low profile and leaky wave antennas. These… More

Low Cost Dome Fabrication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Mroz, Director, Spinel Ceramics
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
The current method for producing dome blanks for multimode optics involves spray drying powders, followed by isopressing around metal mandrels. Yield losses during spray drying, and excess material requirements in the pressing step represent a significant portion of the final part cost. Slurry… More

Aerodynamic Infrared Dome

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Vice-President Optical Ceramics
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Infrared domes currently have a hemispheric shape because this shape introduces minimal optical distortion and is easy to fabricate. Future high-speed missiles require aerodynamic infrared dome shapes that reduce drag and have greater ability to withstand aerothermal heating. Several Navy SBIR… More

Conductive Grid Application to Hemispherical Optical Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Mroz, Director, Spinel Ceramics
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Transparent domes for multimode seeker technology are currently being developed. Part of that development involves the integration of a fine metal grid for EMI shielding. The shape of the parent dome and the specific requirements for the width and spacing of the grid lines significantly limit the… More

High Strength, Durable Coating Technology for Application to Polymer Based Eye Protection Gears

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Suri A. Sastri, Founder, Chairman and CEO
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
Surmet Corporation proposes to explore its plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) based hard coating treatment to produce transparent coated polymer substrates for protective soldier eyewear products. We will design, develop and test proprietary hard coatings on polycarbonate to exhibit… More

Green Body Machining of Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Joseph M. Wahl, Director, Optical Ceramic
Award Amount: $729,979.00
Abstract:
New applications, such as the JCM and Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), require affordable, durable domes with multiple-waveband transparency (i.e., near-IR, MWIR or LWIR, and MMW). Cost effective fabrication of such a dome, will require achieving the optimal balance between competing requirements. Choice… More

Low Cost Finishing of Optical Ceramics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Warner, Sr. Manufacturing Enginee
Award Amount: $730,015.00
Abstract:
Hard optical ceramics such as aluminum oxynitride (ALON) and spinel are durable materials with excellent transmission properties from the visible to the midwave infrared. These materials have applications as sensor windows and domes as well as transparent armor. One drawback to these materials is… More

Precision Optics Manufacturing of Large Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Vice-President (Optical C
Award Amount: $729,962.00
Abstract:
There are currently three different approaches under consideration for construction of multi-layer hemispherical multi-mode domes: (1) The bonded shell method using a transparent adhesive, (2) The alternate dielectric method in which a glass material is directly bonded to a hard outer dome shell… More

Enhanced Strength and Durability in Zinc Sulfide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Charles Warner, Sr. Manufacturing Enginee
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
Variants of ZnS have good transmission properties throughout the visible and infrared regions, however durability and strength have always been issues with this material. Several variants of ZnS are available depending on the transmission requirements in the near infrared region. Recently,… More

Manufacturing Issues for Multimode Seeker Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Vice-President (Optical C
Award Amount: $729,999.00
Abstract:
The U.S. Army's Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) and the Air Force Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) are two potential candidates for insertion of multi-mode seeker missiles technology. Surmet has recently demonstrated proof-of-principle multilayer missile domes for these seekers. But technical challenges… More

Selective Emitter Based Energy Efficient Incandescent Lamp Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Mr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Artificial lighting consumes 20 percent of US energy production. Of this amount, incandescent lamps consume the most energy, 42 percent, while generating only 12 percent of lumens. Thus, development of energy efficient versions of incandescent lamps is of great interest. This project will develop… More

Improved Cost Effectiveness in ALON Transparent Armor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Prasad Apte, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $749,993.00
Abstract:
Aluminum Oxynitride (ALONr Optical Ceramic) is a transparent ceramic material which combines transmission from the ultraviolet (UV) through the midwave infrared (MWIR), with excellent physical and mechanical properties. ALON has isotropic optical and mechanical properties, by virtue of its cubic… More

Metallic Grid Application for Green Ceramic Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nagendra Nag, Staff R&D Scientist
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Abstract:
Transparent domes for multimode seeker technology with integrated fine metal grid for EMI shielding are currently being developed. Specific line width and spacing requirements for the embedded metallic grids in the domes significantly limit the available methods for fabrication. A potential… More

Optical Coatings for Deep Concave Surface

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Vice-President, Optical C
Award Amount: $79,999.00
Abstract:
Current IR domes utilize hemispherical shapes because they introduce minimal optical distortion and are relatively easy to fabricate. Future missile systems will use domes with more aerodynamic shapes to reduce drag , increase range and decrease aerodynamic heating. Technologies to produce dome… More

Selective Emitter Based Energy Efficient Incandescent Lamp Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Mr.
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Artificial lighting consumes about 20 percent of U.S. energy production and has rather low efficiencies: from 7 percent for incandescent lamps to about 30 percent for the most efficient, but high cost, discharge and compact fluorescent lamps. This project will develop an economical incandescent… More

Accelerated Development of Edge Bonded ALONr Reconnaissance (Recce) Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Richard Twedt, Director, Optical Ceramics
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Requirements for future reconnaissance (Recce) systems are driving the need for very large (~32x32-in), very high quality windows. At the present, the only window material available in the size and quality demanded by these applications is Cleartran or hot isostatic pressed (HIPped) ZnS. While it is… More

Structurally Reinforced Omni-Functional Near Net Geometry Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Nagendra Nag, Staff R&D Scientist
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
RF signature requirements for modern aircraft are driving the need for conformal window for future sensor systems. However, limitations on optical systems and physical properties of optically transparent materials currently limit the geometry of current windows and window assemblies. Novel material… More

Improved Environmental Protection for Zinc Sulfide

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robyn Foti, Sr. Research Engineer – (781) 345-5724
Award Amount: $727,561.00
Abstract:
A need exists for a strong, durable long-wave infrared (LWIR) optical material for external optical systems. ZnS is frequently the material of choice for durable LWIR windows and domes, though it is weak and soft compared to its MWIR counterparts. Surmet"s approach to improve the durability of… More

Formation of Large Single Crystals of Aluminum Oxynitride (ALON) Ceramic

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Director, Armor Products
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
This project will develop and demonstrate a process for the formation of large single crystal aluminum oxynitride (AlON) material with homogenous, isotropic properties. This material has applications in optoelectronics subsystems for a number of defense systems. The Phase I program will involve… More

Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Window

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, VP-Optical Ceramics
Award Amount: $69,996.00
Abstract:
Surmet proposes to scale up its ALONr process for producing high quality window blanks for reconnaissance (Recce) window applications, under this SBIR effort. Surmet routinely produces Recce window quality blanks in 15"x27" size. However, future applications require much larger windows in sizes up… More

Durable ALON Windows for High Power Accelerator Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, Dr. – 781-345-5777
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
Materials currently used for high power RF accelerator applications are typically opaque in visible wavelengths. The use of ALON Optical ceramic will combine a high level of RF performance while simultaneously allowing the inside of superconducting cavities to be monitored for issues such as arcing.… More

Deterministic Finishing of Domes with Embedded Grids

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, VP-Optical Ceramics – (781) 345-5777
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
Current state-of-the-art seeker designs have evolved toward tri-mode operation in order to provide a high level of target discrimination in all weather conditions. The three modes typically include a laser designator which operates at 1.06 micron, an IR band and an RF band. Furthermore, for… More

Quantitative Analysis of ALON and Spinel Dome Blanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, Vice President – (781) 345-5777
Award Amount: $149,997.00
Abstract:
Multimode seekers are receiving significant attention as a way to provide more capability in the same package. In some cases, both optical and millimeter wave seekers are being combined in a way that requires a common aperture. The requirements for such a system place a tremendous burden on the… More

Structurally Reinforced Omni-Functional Near Net Geometry Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nagendra Nag, Sr. Process Scientist – (716) 875-4091
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
RF signature requirements for modern aircraft are driving the need for conformal window for future sensor systems. However, limitations on optical systems and physical properties of optically transparent materials currently limit the geometry of current windows and window assemblies. Novel material… More

Accelerated Development of Edge Bonded ALON Reconnaissance (Recce) Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Twedt, Director, Optical Ceramic – (951) 894-6009
Award Amount: $743,458.00
Abstract:
Requirements for future reconnaissance (Recce) systems are driving the need for very large (~32"x32"), very high quality windows transparent in the visible and Mid Wave Infrared (MWIR) wavebands. At the present time, the leading candidate material for these demanding Recce applications is… More

Metallic Grid Application for Green Ceramic Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nagendra Nag, Staff Scientist – (716) 875-4091
Award Amount: $879,969.00
Abstract:
Multimode seekers are receiving significant attention as a way to provide more capability in the same package. In some cases, laser, optical and millimeter wave sensors are being combined in a way that requires a common aperture. The requirements for such a system place a tremendous burden on the… More

Physical Surface Structures for Enhanced Transmission Performance at High Angles of Regard

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robyn Foti, Sr. R&D Scientist – (781) 345-5724
Award Amount: $149,999.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The design of IR windows is dictated by the need for high optical performance while maintaining a low radar cross section (RCS). Distributed apertures and faceted window assemblies are used for increased situational awareness while maintaining acceptably low RCS. Unfortunately, the… More

Infrared-Transparent, Electrically Conductive Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robyn Foti, Sr. R&D Scientist – (781) 345-5724
Award Amount: $149,990.00
Abstract:
The ability to function in a broad range of operational conditions drives the IR windows and domes on Advanced Aircraft and Missiles. In addition to transparency, these windows and domes have to provide additional functionality such as EMI shielding, anti/de-fogging, and anti/deicing. Each of these… More

Improved Consolidation of Nanopowders

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Thomas Mroz, Director – (716) 875-4091
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
Preparation of ceramics and composites from nanosized powders holds the promise of improved mechanical, electrical and optical properties. However, the extreme difficulty of processing these ultrafine powders often obviates the value of the small powder size. In particular, consolidation of powders… More

Quantitative Analysis of ALON and Spinel Dome Blanks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Lee M. Goldman, VP and CTO, Optical Ceram – (781) 345-5777
Award Amount: $969,675.00
Abstract:
Multimode seekers are receiving significant attention as a way to provide more capability in the same package. In some cases, both optical and millimeter wave seekers are being combined in a way that requires a common aperture. The requirements for such a system place a tremendous burden on the… More

Infrared-Transparent, Electrically Conductive Coating

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Robyn Foti, Sr. R&D Engineer – (781) 345-5724
Award Amount: $599,925.00
Abstract:
IR transparent windows and domes on aircrafts and missiles often provide other functionality, such as conductivity, through the use of coatings or metallic grids. For visible applications, conductive coatings like indium tin oxide are available; however, these coatings become highly absorbing at… More

Spinel Reconnaissance Window

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, VP and CTO-Optical Cerami – (781) 345-5777
Award Amount: $79,998.00
Abstract:
Surmet"s Sinter/HIP process for producing transparent spinel has demonstrated material of much higher strength than has been achieved through our competitor"s hot press/HIP process. However, our spinel material has also been plagued with"inclusions"which are optically undesirable… More

Development of New Processes for the Refurbishment of Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Germanium (Ge) Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Twedt, Director, Optical Ceramic – (951) 894-6009
Award Amount: $149,974.00
Abstract:
After extensive exposure to adverse environments such as sandstorms, rain, and fog, germanium (Ge) Infrared Search and Track (IRST) domes develop pits and surface damage, which accumulates over time eventually reducing the average transmission to below acceptable limits. New domes are quite costly… More

High Temperature Composite Coatings for C-Substrates for Rocket Motor Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Nagendra Nag, Manager, Adv. Process Dev – (716) 875-4091
Award Amount: $79,986.00
Abstract:
Achieving the NAVY goal to dramatically increase the current state-of-the-art strategic solid rocket motor and gas generator components is critically dependent on the development of high performance materials systems. In order to meet these goals, non-eroding throat materials design solutions and… More

Advanced Transparent Armor Materials and Manufacturing Methods

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Director (Armor Products) – (781) 345-4727
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
"Current glass-based transparent armor has two major deficiencies: 1) It is very heavy, and therefore can compromise performance and helicopter transportability of vehicles; and 2) It is very thick, and therefore can compromise visual signature of vehicles. Advanced technology ceramic… More

Development of New Processes for the Refurbishment of Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Germanium (Ge) Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Lee Goldman, VP and CTO-Optical Cerami – (781) 345-5777
Award Amount: $649,984.00
Abstract:
Surmet is developing processes to evaluate the environmental damage to Ge IRST domes, and then refurbish those that can be fixed, at a fraction of the purchase price. These processes are predicated on Surmet"s ability to strip the DLC from current domes, and subsequently deposit thick durable… More

High Thermal Conductivity, Radiation Resistant Adhesive for High Energy Physics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Uday Kashalikar, Mr.
Award Amount: $150,000.00
Abstract:
The proposal addresses a demand in High-Energy Physics for radiation-insensitive high-thermal-conductivity adhesives. Adhesives play an active role in keeping electronic devices cool by conducting heat away, thus increasing reliability. A radiation-tolerant adhesive exhibiting high thermal… More