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Company Information:

Company Name: Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
City: Annapolis
State: MD
Zip+4: 21401-
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (410) 224-3710

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $6,554,742.00 77
SBIR Phase II $18,659,852.00 29
STTR Phase I $509,594.00 8
STTR Phase II $898,517.00 2

Award List:

IMPROVED THERMAL OXIDATIVE-DEPOSITION SCREENING TESTS FOR TURBINE LUBRICANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Larry L Fehrenbacher
Award Amount: $49,820.00

IMPROVED THERMAL OXIDATIVE-DEPOSITION SCREENING TESTS FOR TURBINE LUBRICANTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Larry L Fehrenbacher
Award Amount: $248,000.00
Abstract:
Current mil-spec oxidation-corrosion and high temperature deposition tests do not adequately differentiate between the performance characteristics that mil-spec lubricants experience in operational engines. a rapid simple and novel tga test method coupled with dsc and chemiluminescence tests are… More

ENGINES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Dr. larry l. fehrenbacher , PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Award Amount: $49,837.00
Abstract:
A novel hybrid solid-liquid lubrication concept for 600 degrees c-1000 degrees c engine operation is proposed based on the potential synergistic interactions between thermally stable transition metal chloride intercalated graphites (tmcigs) and organophorphorous liquids. research will focus on (a)… More

PHASE CHANGE HEAT STORAGE DEVICES FOR ARTHRITIS THERAPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1991 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Silberglitt, Richard S , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $49,643.00

MICROWAVE JOINING OF SILICON CARBIDE FOR FABRICATION OF CERAMIC HEAT EXCHANGER ASSEMBLIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
The use of ceramic components in advanced energy conversion systems provides improved efficiency by allowing higher operating temperatures. ceramic heat exchanger tubes are critical components in many systems that use combined cycles to achieve higher efficiency with reduced air pollution. this… More

SURFACE STRENGHTHENING OF ADVANCED CERAMICS BY A THIN COMPOSITE SKIN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Edward Paquette
Award Amount: $96,160.00

REAL TIME, SELF-DIRECTED MBE FLUX CONTROL INCORPORATING IN SITU ELLIPSOMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1992 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yue Cong
Award Amount: $49,065.00

PHASE CHANGE HEAT STORAGE DEVICES FOR ARTHRITIS THERAPY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Silberglitt, Richard S , Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $383,660.00
Abstract:
We seek the development of a series of reusable medical products using heat storage devices to deliver heat on demand when activated. specific aims are to design and evaluate consumer/physician based devices to deliver heat primarily to the hands and neck/shoulders for patients afflicted with… More

REAL TIME, SELF-DIRECTED MBE FLUX CONTROL INCORPORATING IN SITU ELLIPSOMETRY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yue Cong
Award Amount: $742,251.00
Abstract:
Many of the performance driven demands of future air force weapon systems are dependent on the availability of advanced semiconductor, bandgap engineered devices and components. molecular beam epitaxy (mbe) is the preferred method for creating these. but in order to reach the required goal of high… More

Ceramic Blades for Microsurgical Instruments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David E. Palaith
Award Amount: $49,175.00
Abstract:
We will research the fabrication and testing of advanced ceramic blades for microsurgical cutting shears used in ophthalmic neurologic, plastic and otologic procedures. Current stainless steel blades wear rapidly in use and further when subjected to an autoclave environment for sterilization.… More

A SAFE, LOW COST & RAPID CATALYTIC DECONTAMINATION TECHNIQUE FOR PCP-TREATED WOOD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck
Award Amount: $74,324.00

SURFACE STRENGHTHENING OF ADVANCED CERAMICS BY A THIN COMPOSITE SKIN

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Edward Paquette
Award Amount: $497,538.00
Abstract:
The objective of this phase i sbir project is to demonstrate that a monolithic ceramic core-composite skin structure has significantly increased fracture toughness as compared to the core material, while substantially maintaining its flexural strength. the core material is reaction bonded silicon… More

A SAFE, LOW COST & RAPID CATALYTIC DECONTAMINATION TECHNIQUE FOR PCP-TREATED WOOD

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck
Award Amount: $232,533.00
Abstract:
The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California, is the custodian of what is believed to be the free world's supply of napalm. Beginning late in FY93, the Navy expects to accomplish the removal and disposal of the napalm and the aluminum canisters. When this task is completed, all that will remain… More

Advanced Material for Microsurgical Gripping Tools

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: David Palaith
Award Amount: $64,478.00
Abstract:
This research will develop and demonstrate a new gripping tool for microsurgery that exhibitssuperior performance and extended life over current state-of-the-art stainless steel microsurgical forceps.Current stainless steel forceps rely on the alignment of gripping teeth to achieve high gripping… More

Experimental Evaluation and Scientific Study of Treatment Technologies for Dioxin Contaminated Soil

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck
Award Amount: $59,938.00
Abstract:
Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a by-product generated in small amounts during the manufacture of chlorinated compounds used in herbicides, insecticides and wood preservatives. Waste that contains concentrations of TCDD above 1 part per billion (ppb) is federally regulated as acutely… More

Super Lubricity Boron Nitride Nanostructure Coatings for Diesel Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Larry Fehrenbacher
Award Amount: $69,480.00

Super Lubricity Boron Nitride Nanostructure Coatings for Diesel Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Larry Fehrenbacher
Award Amount: $579,345.00
Abstract:
The federal mandated fuel economy and emission requiremens are deiving diesel engine designs, materials and manufacturing practices to the limits of their existing capabilities. The use of ceramic monolithics and improved high temperature tribology coatings are under intense investigation worldwide.… More

Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Barrel Sputtering: Unique Performance Coatings for FACTS Parts

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Crowther
Award Amount: $78,845.00
Abstract:
Environmentally friendly coating substitutes for electroplated Cr and CD parts is a continuing need for government and industrial manufacturing operations. TA&T proposes a new approach CLOSED FIELD UNBALANCED MAGNETRON BARREL CO-SPUTTERING - that promises high density, adherent and corrosion… More

A Nanolayer Coating for Dry Machining

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Frank Kustas
Award Amount: $74,761.00

Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtered Solid Lubricant/Ceramic Coatings For Improved Wear Resistance of Bushing and Gear Materials

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dr. Frank Kustas
Award Amount: $69,793.00
Abstract:
Increased wear life of bushings and gears in a high-pressure Navy gear pump will result in increased pump reliability and reduced refurbishment costs. Wear of silver-impregnated carbon (C/graphite (Gr) bushings against stellite gears results in reduced pump performance, generation of wear debris,… More

Novel Sensors for Control of Thin Film Deposition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Palaith
Award Amount: $98,320.00
Abstract:
The objectives of the proposed effort are to develop two novel sensors for measuring the product of the film stress with the film thickness, and for measuring the film thickness in situ and in real time during magnetron sputter deposition of thin films. The novel features of these sensors are that… More

Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Sputtered Multilayer - Unique Corrosion and Erosion Resistant Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Crowther
Award Amount: $98,886.00
Abstract:
Environmentally friendly coating substitutes for electroplated Al, Cr ad Cd parts is a continuing need for government and industrialmanufacturing operations. TA&T proposes a new approach CLOSED FIELD UNBALANCED MAGNETRON SPUTTERING that promises high density, high adhesion, and corrosion resistant… More

NANOLAYER WEAR COATINGS FOR TOTAL HIP JOINT REPLACEMENTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $95,523.00

Novel Sensors for Control of Thin Film Deposition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: David Palaith
Award Amount: $369,573.00
Abstract:
The objectives of the proposed effort are to develop two novel sensors for measuring the product of the film stress with the film thickness, and for measuring the film thickness in situ and in real time during magnetron sputter deposition of thin films. The novel features of these sensors are that… More

X-Ray Sensors for Real Time Control of Thin Film Deposition

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. David Palaith
Award Amount: $99,911.00
Abstract:
Intelligent materials processing requires sensors that can assess materials properties in situ and in real time at the microscopic level. Data from these sensors would be used to control processing in near real time, to accelerate development of new materials systems, and to enable the development… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr David Palaith
Award Amount: $738,424.00

Quasicrystalline Lubricants for Aerospace Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Tony Ying
Award Amount: $99,911.00
Abstract:
Not Available The next generation of military energy storage capacitors will necessitate improvements in materials efficiency, energy density, and temperature reliability over existing devices. Similar performance issues are driving the consumer electronics market towards the development of high… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Principal Investigator: Frank Kustas
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Robert E. Chatten

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: ALFRED UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck
Award Amount: $0.00
RI Contact: Vasantha Amarokoon

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,922.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson
Award Amount: $119,881.00

Quasicrystalline Lubricants for Aerospace Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Larry Fehrenbacher
Award Amount: $199,958.00

Innovative Visual Modeling Environment for the Turbine Engine Reverse Modeling Aid Program

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $729,411.00
Abstract:
The proposed research effort focuses on developing a hot-press/HIP fabrication approach for transparent spinel armor plates up to 15 inches square and 0.5 inches thick. A processing protocol will be established that results in transmission in the visiblerange of >80% with a low scatter. … More

SBIR Phase I: Sputtered Quasicrystalline Films: A Commercial Breakthrough

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Larry Fehrenbacher
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop low friction, wear resistant coatings of the Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline (QC) phase. QC coatings appear to be especially suited for anti-seize, anti-fretting applications for both fixed interfaces subjected to vibration or… More

Photocatalytic Membranes for Producing Ultrapure Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
60879 Semiconductor plants are currently in need of ultrapure water with

Photocatalytic Membranes for Producing Ultrapure Water

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Senior Program Manager
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
60879 Semiconductor plants are currently in need of ultrapure water with

Low Cost Fabrication of IR Windows for Hypervelocity Interceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,929.00
Abstract:
There are presently three materials (sapphire, ALON and spinel) which are considered suitable for IR windows in severe hypervelocity environments. Of these materials spinel is presently the least developed, but offers optical performance advantages and asignificantly lower fabrication cost than… More

Near Frictionless Carbon Coatings for Marine Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Palaith, Senior Scientist for In H
Award Amount: $69,938.00
Abstract:
"Corrosion costs the Navy 26 man-years per year per ship in maintenance, or about 6500 man years per year ($975 million) for its entire 221 surface ship battle force. This includes maintaining coatings of superstructures and catwalks, interior bulkheadsand decks, flightdecks and topside decks,… More

Quasicrystalline Thin Films For Corrosion Inhibition Of Aircraft Components and Assemblies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Palaith, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,753.00
Abstract:
Due to force restructuring to air expeditionary units, aging aircraft are having to play an increasingly important role. Maintenance becomes an major readiness and operational issue. Annual costs of maintenance of corrosion-induce degradation alreadytops $800M per year. Landing gears are… More

SBIR Phase I: Efficient Thermal Packaging for High Density Electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck
Award Amount: $99,928.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project addresses the need for compact, low cost thermal packaging to cool high power and high-density electronics. This project will develop an automated freeform fabrication process based on stereolithography to fabricate the high performance… More

Spot Cooling Mini-Loop Heat Pipes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,226.00
Abstract:
TA&T, in collaboration with Swales Aerospace, proposes to develop a novel modular, spot-cooling (two-phase) miniature loop heat pipe (mini-LHP) thermal transport system consisting of distributed flat-plate ceramic evaporator modules tied to a centralcondenser system. The use of a two-phase mini-LHP… More

AlN 3D Thermal Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck
Award Amount: $69,986.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the need for compact, lightweight packaging to cool high heat producing electronics. Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA&T) proposes to develop three dimensional (3D) packages consisting of stacked AlN substrates with integral microstructured flow-through heat… More

Quasicrystalline Thin Films For Corrosion Inhibition Of Aircraft Components and Assemblies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: David Palaith
Award Amount: $749,992.00
Abstract:
During the proposed Phase II effort, quasicrystalline (QC) thin films will be applied by PVD and HVOF methods to landing gear (LG) components and assemblies to inhibit corrosion. Specifically, Technology Assessment & Transfer will achieve six objectives: 1. elucidate the basic physics and… More

Enhanced Spinel Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,981.00
Abstract:
The common missile is being developed for operation from a wide range of air, sea and ground platforms. Predicted production costs are driving much of the development direction at this time and spinel is the only durable, dual-band, electro-optical dome material capable of meeting these cost… More

Enhanced Spinel Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Anthony DiGiovanni, Spinel Program Manager
Award Amount: $689,761.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment and Transfer demonstrated the feasibility of a pressureless sintering approach for fabricating transparent, hemispherical dome blanks for the Joint Common Missile (JCM) during the Phase 1 SBIR program. Pressureless sintering is the most attractive method for achieving the low… More

Improved IR Windows for Severe Aerothermal Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,890.00
Abstract:
Current IR window materials, while offering good optical properties are often structurally inadequate in their ability to perform in ever more increasingly hostile environments. Optically transparent, hard ceramic materials such as spinel, ALON and sapphire while expensive to fabricate and finish… More

Optimized Asphere Fabrication and Finishing, for Future Optical Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Anthony DiGiovanni, Sr. Engineer
Award Amount: $99,061.00
Abstract:
Aspherical domes provide lower drag and radar signatures than hemispherical window designs but conventional finishing technologies have not been able to provide adequate optical surfaces. The fabrication of aspherical windows therefore remains a relatively under-developed technology for E/O windows… More

Low-Cost, Multi-Spectral Windows For Tactical Reconnaissance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,887.00
Abstract:
boron nitride, clutch plates, C/C, composite, joint strike fighter, STOVL, lift fan, COF

Aero-Thermal Modeling for Spinel Asphere Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Anthony DiGiovanni, Spinel Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,921.00
RI Contact: David Terry
Abstract:
While aspherical dome geometries provide enhanced aerodynamics versus hemispherical domes, they have been problematic to manufacture due to inadequate finishing techniques. However, recent advances in finishing technology have made their production possible. Magnesium aluminate spinel is a hard,… More

AlN 3D Thermal Packaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
The project goal is to demonstrate feasibility of fabricating aluminum nitride (AlN) microelectronic package substrates with integral microchannel heat transfer structure. A novel fabrication approach was demonstrated in Phase I called ceramic stereolithography (CSL), which enables monolithic… More

Visible Light Activated Photocatalytic Water Polishing System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,259.00
Abstract:
This proposal targets development of a LED light activated photocatalytic water polishing system that enables reduction of organic impurities (TOC and microorganisms) in the processed water to levels less than 0.25 ppm for NASA?s future long duration mission. The proposed photocatalytic oxidation… More

Compact, Lightweight, High Voltage Propellant Isolators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $66,353.00
Abstract:
TA&T, Inc. proposes an enabling fabrication process for high voltage isolators required in high power solar electric and nuclear electric propulsion (SEP and NEP, respectively). State-of-the-art propellant voltage isolators have sufficient performance for existing ion and Hall thruster engines with… More

Hybrid Spinel Composites: Unique Radiation Resistant Refractories

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Mark Patterson, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,960.00
Abstract:
75832-Magnesium aluminate spinel is a promising structural and radio frequency (RF) window material for nuclear reactors, due to its remarkable neutron and ion radiation resistance at high temperatures. However, little, if any, effort has been expended in optimizing the strength, creep, toughness,… More

Nanograin Ceramic Optical Composite Window

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Lehigh University
Principal Investigator: Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Spinel Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,911.00
RI Contact: Helen Chan
Abstract:
A high-strength low-cost alternative to single-crystal sapphire is required to meet the increased performance demands of the Navy's next-generation E/O applications. Technology Assessment & Transfer is the leading supplier of polycrystalline transparent spinel ceramics. Spinel, with a hardness that… More

Internally Cooled Magnetic Cores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Manager, Ceramic Stereolithography
Award Amount: $99,959.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment and Transfer Inc. (TA&T) proposes fabricating high power magnetic cores with integrated fluidic cooling channels to meet the requirements of emerging inductors and transformers for power electronics applications. TA&T has developed processes for fabricating monolithic ceramic… More

Spot Cooling Mini-Loop Heat Pipes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Manager, Ceramic Microflu
Award Amount: $722,956.00
Abstract:
Conventional forced-air cooling (fans + finned heat sinks) of computer/network electronics is no longer adequate in the submarine ship environment. This Phase II SBIR project will develop a novel ceramic flat plate evaporator as the key component of a loop heat pipe-based rack cooling system for… More

Low-Cost, Multi-Spectral Windows For Tactical Reconnaissance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Anthony A. DiGiovanni, Spinel Program Manager
Award Amount: $599,870.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment and Transfer will fabricate a low cost targeting pod window from two pieces of polycrystalline transparent spinel optically bonded at a polished interface. Several commercially available bonding technologies will be evaluated on the basis of strength, optical transparency, and… More

Optimized Asphere Fabrication and Finishing, for Future Optical Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Anthony DiGiovanni, Spinel Program Manager
Award Amount: $748,438.00
Abstract:
The ORCLE program is a hybrid high-bandwith communication design based on laser, infrared and radio transmissions between aircraft and other communication points. The communications terminals that protrude into the air stream around the aircraft require a protective cover that can reduce drag and… More

Compact, Lightweight, High Voltage Propellant Isolators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $595,875.00
Abstract:
TA&T, Inc. proposes an enabling fabrication process for high voltage isolators required in high power solar electric and nuclear electric propulsion (SEP and NEP, respectively). Future high thrust, high specific impulse engines will have to support beam voltages up to 10kV to meet performance… More

Novel Polycrystalline Ceramic Laser for RF Guns

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Anthony DiGiovanni, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
79411S Lasers perform a critical role in injectors of high quality (low emittance and high phase-space brightness) electron beams to linear accelerators. Radio frequency (RF) photoinjectors (in which electrons packed tightly in phase-space are produced from a photocathode surface properly embedded… More

Moisture Resistant BN Interface Coatings for 3D Ceramic Matrix Composites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Steven Seghi, Research Scientist/Engineer
Award Amount: $79,983.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment and Transfer will develop a novel process for applying a well aligned, uniform, moisture resistant BN fiber interface (debond) coating for three dimensional (3-D) SiC fiber reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). SiCf CMCs are bill of material (BOM) for selected sections… More

Passive Thermal Management System for High-Temperature Military Aircraft Actuation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Christopher Duston, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,905.00
Abstract:
Development of high-temperature, high-efficiency, and high-density power electronic component technologies as part of the more electric aircraft (MEA) effort offers opportunities for passive, compact, and lightweight thermal management systems for aircraft actuation systems. The next-generation… More

Functionally Graded Nano-Composite for Gear Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DELAWARE
Principal Investigator: Christopher J. Duston, Program Manager
Award Amount: $69,985.00
RI Contact: Shridhar Yarlagadda
Abstract:
The U.S. Navy is seeking improved durability, increased life and reduced maintenance for aircraft, particularly rotorcraft, by increasing the hardness of gears and bushings. They have suggested that the incorporation of nano-sized materials to create a functionally graded surface may provide this… More

Internally Cooled Magnetic Cores

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jared Chaney, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $743,472.00
Abstract:
The goal of this SBIR project is to demonstrate fabrication of advanced cooling solutions to achieve high power density magnetic components for the next generation of power electronic systems. These novel methods of cooling will allow more than two times the power density of existing magnetic… More

Polycrystalline LuAlO3:Ce Scintillators for PET Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Eric A. Gulliver, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
Although PET imaging, a technology used in medicine, has advanced rapidly in recent decades, further advances will depend on improvements in the scintillator materials. New materials have been identified, but they are unstable under the conditions used for single crystal growth, leading frequently… More

Satellite Modular and Reconfigurable Thermal System - SMARTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,991.00
Abstract:
To achieve the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) goal of a "six-day" satellite, the traditional flight thermal design paradigm must be fundamentally changed. A drastically simpler paradigm must emerge that uses elemental (COTS-like) thermal control modules that can be rapidly and reliably linked… More

Precision Optics Manufacturing of Large Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Keith Rozenburg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,943.00
Abstract:
In previous work supported by the DoD SBIR program TA&T demonstrated an effective manufacturing route for spinel dome blanks. As discussed in the previous section, however, creating an effective process for the surface conditioning of the dome is essential to manufacturing them on a large scale. … More

Manufacturing Issues for Multimode Seeker Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Evans A. LaRoche, Research Scientist/Engineer
Award Amount: $69,918.00
Abstract:
TA&T has demonstrated the capability to produce 7" diameter, hemispherical domes of transparent spinel by cold isostatic pressing (CIP) of spinel powder, followed by sintering without application of pressure, and finally followed by hot isostatic pressing (HIP). TA&T has exercised its dome… More

Core/Shell Composite Soft Magnetic Material for Advanced Motors (REVISED)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Todd M. Heil, Dr
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
For hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications, the Department of Energy (DOE) is directing an aggressive program to achieve rapid progress in permanent magnet (PM) machine development. To achieve DOE goals, PM motors must operate at twice the frequency of current electric motors used in… More

Magnesium MMC for Aerospace Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David H. Palaith, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,666.00
Abstract:
NASA will return to the IIS by 2014 and the moon by 2020. To accomplish these missions, NASA will exploit to the maximum degree possible the Apollo architecture and especially the lessons learned and technological advances that have occurred over the intervening 40 years in building robust, cost… More

LuAG:Ce,Zr Scintillators for PET

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Keith Rozenburg
Award Amount: $98,986.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall purpose of this project is to help improve the resolution and lower the cost of PET instrumentation for both research and diagnostics applications. Single crystal scintillators, currently used in PET Imaging systems, are expensive and difficult to… More

Loop Heat Pipe Laser Diode Array Cooling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
A two-phase loop cooling system will be developed for thermal management of high heat laser diode arrays on satellites. To achieve the high heat flux capacity necessary for this application (700 W/cm2) and the tight temperature control, a novel flat plate, high flux evaporator will be developed. … More

Direct Fabrication of Investment Casting Cores by Ceramic Stereolithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Manager, Ceramic MicroDevices Group
Award Amount: $99,946.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR project will develop a tool-less direct core fabrication technology based on ceramic stereolithography. The technology will eliminate the high cost and long lead time associated with injection molding tooling and will reduce prototyping costs for advanced cored airfoils by > 50%. … More

Low Cost Production of Domes Using Freeze Casting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Evans A. LaRoche, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,939.00
Abstract:
Multimode seekers for missiles require protective domes that are transparent over a range of wavelengths, including MWIR. Technology Assessment and Transfer, Inc. (TA&T) has successfully manufactured such protective domes from its transparent spinel ceramic material. The most common method of… More

Vacuum-assisted MIMIC for EMI grid application on spinel domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Todd Heil, Research Scientist/Engineer
Award Amount: $69,983.00
Abstract:
Soft lithography is an inexpensive and fast method for applying micropatterned structures to both flat and nonplanar substrates. A vacuum-assisted Micromolding in Capillaries (MIMIC) technique will be developed to print a fine electromagnetic interference (EMI) grid on the inner surface of… More

Advanced Condensers Utilizing Microchannel Evaporator Networks (ACUMEN)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Steven Seghi, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $99,923.00
Abstract:
Described is a highly compact two-phase microchannel condenser concept based on a two-phase loop evaporator design developed for cooling high performance servers in racks on Navy ships/submarines, a novel design that has demonstrated open-air evaporative heat transfer coefficients with water of… More

Manufacturing Issues for Multimode Seeker Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Evans A. LaRoche, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $729,944.00
Abstract:
Multimode seekers for missiles are becoming a reality with multiple technology development efforts underway across the services. Such seekers require protection from severe environments. The Joint Air to Ground Missile and the Small Diameter Bomb are two potential candidates for this technology.… More

Satellite Modular and Reconfigurable Thermal System - SMARTS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Program Manager
Award Amount: $746,412.00
Abstract:
The Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) goal of a "six-day" satellite is not achievable using the traditional flight thermal design paradigm. A drastically simpler paradigm must emerge that uses elemental (COTS-like) thermal control modules that can be rapidly and reliably linked to enable a wide… More

Loop Heat Pipe Laser Diode Array Cooling System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Group Manager
Award Amount: $749,824.00
Abstract:
Two-phase loops have significant flight heritage having demonstrated high reliability and long life in the space environment. However, a shortfall of existing aerospace-grade two-phase loops is their relatively low heat flux capacity in the range of tens of watts/cm2. This program applies a new… More

Joining Plasma Resistant Lanthana Doped W and CuCrZr Alloy Heat Sinks for Use in Nuclear Fusion Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Keith Rozenburg, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,918.00
Abstract:
In the ITER, an international fusion experiment, a magnetically confined cloud of super hot plasma maintains the fusion of tritium and dueterium. The water-cooled diverter cartridge, which removes the charged species generated by the fusion reaction, experiences a harsh environment of rapidly… More

Conformal Metal Grid Patterning for Green Spinel Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Greg Slavik, Research Scientist
Award Amount: $69,943.00
Abstract:
Soft lithography is an inexpensive and fast method for applying micropatterned structures to both flat and nonplanar substrates. TA&T leverages multiple soft lithographic processing steps to pattern co-fireable refractory metal grid on spinel dome windows for electromagnetic interference (EMI)… More

Precision Optics Manufacturing of Large Hemispherical Domes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Keith Rozenburg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $729,825.00
Abstract:
Methods to mitigate contributions of conventional grinding and polishing procedures to transmitted wavefront error that were identified in Phase I will will be applied to full scale JAGM domes. A special emphasis is placed on the development and optimization of deterministic ion beam figuring of… More

Novel Ceramic Membranes for Efficient Hydrogen Recovery

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Principal Investigator: Todd Heil, Dr.
Award Amount: $99,832.00
RI Contact: Linda Bucy
Abstract:
The conversion of carbon-containing feedstocks to hydrogen and syngas will play important roles in the 21st century in the form of large plants for converting natural gas to liquids, hydrocarbons to chemicals, biomass to fuels and chemicals, and small units for powering fuel cells. Advancements in… More

Ultra-Refractory Composites for Propulsion Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Steven Seghi, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,982.00
Abstract:
This phase I research proposes an efficient approach to develop a reliable chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) process for HfB2-HfC-SiC matrices for carbon fiber composites and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes for depositing coatings for the same compositions, and; second, to design,… More

Conformal Infrared Window with Structural and Distributed Aperture Capability for Airborne Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Keith Rozenburg, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $97,344.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment and Transfer, Inc. of Millersville, MD proposes an innovative technique for creating a high strength, high toughness mid-wave infrared transparent material based on their highly successful spinel product. This material is being designed for use in the distributed aperture… More

LHP Architecture and Advanced Wicks for Freeze Tolerance

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Steven Seghi, Group Manager
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a freeze-tolerant water loop heat pipe (LHP) as the solution to the spacecraft high temperature electronics thermal removal and transportation problem when operating between 100oC-200oC. Water LHPs -- owing to their many favorable system attributes that include high… More

kW Level Thermoelectric Generators for Turbine Engines

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Group Manager
Award Amount: $99,986.00
Abstract:
This SBIR Phase I project will development of a novel hot side heat exchanger, which, combined with innovations in high temperature thermoelectric generator (TEG) materials under parallel programs, will provide a path to achieving TEG efficiency of 20%. The focus of this SBIR effort will be TEG… More

Self-Assembling Precipitation Static Coating for Aircraft Canopies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Todd Heil, Research Scientist/Engineer
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA&T), with subcontractor Cima Nanotech (St. Paul, MN) and technical support from Texstars, Inc. (Grand Prarie, TX), propose an inexpensive, durable integrated coating system for aircraft canopies which possesses radio signature, erosion resistant, and… More

Advanced Thermal Packaging for Power Converters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Manager, Ceramic Micro Devices
Award Amount: $99,967.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment & Transfer (TA&T) proposes to apply advanced cooling and packaging technology to substantially reduce thermal resistance between the heat producing components in aircraft power converter units and the polyalpha olefin (PAO) or fuel coolant. The proposal addresses the thermal… More

Stable Panels Incorporating a Network of Distortion Lowering Evaporators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Group Manager
Award Amount: $99,976.00
Abstract:
This proposal describes a novel idea to achieve a thermally stable panel (TSP) through the coupled use of: (1) a two dimensional evaporator array hybrid loop heat pipe system, which enables component or environment power transients to be spatially leveled via evaporator heat load sharing; (2) use of… More

Miniature Flash LIDAR for Helicopter UAV Obstacle Field Navigation and Landing Site Selection in Complex Urban Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Bradley Short, Program Manager – (805) 966-3331
Award Amount: $729,941.00
Abstract:
Advanced Scientific Concept's (ASC) eye-safe 3D Flash LIDAR cameras provide a breakthrough in 6DOF computations for UAS control systems. This 3D array technology has allowed ASC to produce compact non-mechanical LIDAR cameras that collect full frame 3D point clouds in a single FLASH (Flash… More

Capacitor thermal management for mobile power electronics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Greg Slavik, Research Scientist / Engineer
Award Amount: $69,988.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA&T) proposes a complete thermal management solution for high power capacitors in military vehicle converters/inverters and similar devices that addresses not only self-heating but also high temperature ambient conditions. The Armyf?Ts recent push to utilize… More

Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Window

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Evans LaRoche, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,930.00
Abstract:
TA&T leads a world class team dedicated to the manufacture of large-area transparent spinel plates. The focus of process and product development has been transparent armor windows, as that market has the greatest potential value. Reconnaissance windows are a much more demanding application, in terms… More

UNIQUE HIGH OUTPUT BLUE LASER FOR IMPROVED ASW CAPABILITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Keith Rozenburg, President
Award Amount: $79,912.00
Abstract:
Currently available lasers are inadequate for current and future anti-submarine warfare needs. The development of high output, blue lasers have the potential to enhance airborne platform's ability for submarine communications, detection of mines and other underwater targets. The Optical Ceramics… More

CSL-Fabricated Advanced Microchannel Coolers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Greg Slavik, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,781.00
Abstract:
The Department of Energy and NREL are in an aggressive, ongoing effort to increase efficiency of next-generation hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), with a key challenge in this effort being the thermal packaging of the electric propulsion system power electronics. Eliminating the secondary cooling… More

Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing of Cast Turbine Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Mr.
Award Amount: $99,972.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the high cost and long leadtimes associated with developing advanced gas turbine engines IGCC power plants. The current processing method based on lost wax investment casting, is a significant barrier to turbine engine innovation. Streamlining the development process for… More

Improved CVD Coatings for Carbide Based Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Fuel Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Larry Fehrenbacher, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,958.00
Abstract:
One of the great hurdles to further development and evaluation of nuclear thermal propulsion systems is the issue surrounding the release of radioactive material from the fuel during ground testing and its subsequent impact on test facility siting and operation. Therefore, the development of a… More

Advanced Modular Radiator

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Hom, Senior Thermal Engineer – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $99,896.00
Abstract:
This proposal introduces advances in the performance and packaging of modular radiators for heat flow modulation on operationally responsive space (ORS) smallsats. The proposed concept is based on the loop heat pipe (LHP) thermal switching radiator. Two key advancements proposed are: 1) use of a… More

Photocurable conductive polymer films with high flexibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Todd Heil, Research Scientist/Engine – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $69,917.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA & T) proposes an inexpensive, flexible, and durable conductive coating that consists of carbon nanotubes dispersed in a UV-curable polymer. This coating need not be applied in a vacuum or clean room environment, and could in fact be applied in the… More

High Strength Spinel Sensor Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lynda Renomeron, Senior Research Scientist – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $69,987.00
Abstract:
The Optical Ceramics Division of TA & T proposes to develop fine grained, high strength transparent magnesium aluminate (Spinel) windows for Navy airborne and ship electro-optical sensor hardware A systematic approach based on the latest scientific principles for selecting nano-particulate… More

Multi-Evaporator Loop Thermal Storage (MELTS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Hom, Senior Program Engineer – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $79,993.00
Abstract:
This proposal introduces the multi-evaporator loop thermal storage (MELTS) system for increasing F-35 capability during extreme thermal missions where component failure is expected. The MELTS system comprises of a fuel and/or PAO primary loop with a two phase loop technology, phase change material… More

Scaleable Microfabrication of Random Network Fiber Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Greg Slavik, Research Scientist / Engineer – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $69,974.00
Abstract:
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA & T) proposes a novel fabrication process for producing fibrous network scaffolds suitable for connective tissue engineering. The process leverages microfabrication technologies that have matured for large volume production of micro- and nano-scale… More

Advanced Thermal Packaging for Power Converters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Hom, Senior Thermal Engineer – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $749,535.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The power converter units on military aircraft currently use relatively low performance aluminum cold plate technology and PAO or fuel coolant to cool the high heat producing components. The thermal resistance between the power electronic components and the coolant is relatively high in… More

UNIQUE HIGH OUTPUT BLUE LASER FOR IMPROVED ASW CAPABILITIES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lynda Renomeron, Senior Research Scientist – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $499,994.00
Abstract:
Conventional transparent ceramics currently used for armor applications have good optical properties in the visible range, but still contain levels of porosity and impurities that make them unsuitable for laser gain media applications. As TA & T is the industry leader in the production of… More

Sub-Wavelength THz-Frequency Spectrometer for Trace Materials Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Jojit Torcedo, Laser Scientist/Engineer – (410) 987-3435
Award Amount: $99,959.00
RI Contact: Elizabeth H. Adams
Abstract:
Technology Assessment & Transfer proposes to develop a state-of-the-art terahertz imaging spectrometer capable of sub-wavelength resolution and high sensitivity to trace amounts of chemical and biological agents.

Transparent Armored Windows for Ships

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Kutsch, Manager – (410) 987-1656
Award Amount: $79,857.00
Abstract:
The damaging effects of age, poor framing and general wear and tear on traditional ship based transparent armor windows leads to delamination or other failures within the window. These failures compromise safety not only from ballistic threats but also by obstructing outward views. A new two-pane… More

Stable Panels Incorporating a Network of Distortion Lowering Evaporators

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Hom, Senior Thermal Engineer – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $720,395.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Satellites that operate in low Earth orbit undergo significant transient and non-uniform environmental thermal loads. Further, the payloads on many satellites are also highly transient. Because of the combination of these two conditions, time varying thermal distortions are often… More

Large-Area, Monolithic Reconnaissance Window

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Evans LaRoche, Research Engr – (410) 987-1656
Award Amount: $739,050.00
Abstract:
The Phase II SBIR program will address a need for durable, infra-red transmitting sensor windows of large area, eventually as large as 32"x 32"x 0.5". Two areas of study are planned. The first is to improve optical quality, particularly homogeneity of refractive index and absence of… More

Slip Cast Spinel for Precision Conformal Sensor Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lynda Renomeron, Senior Research Scientist – (410) 987-1656
Award Amount: $79,992.00
Abstract:
A need exists within the Navy for high quality, conformal optic sensor windows fabricated from MgAl2O4 spinel that exhibit excellent visible through mid-IR transmission. The implementation of spinel conformal windows is even more desirable considering its superior performance in demanding… More

Scalable High Strength Spinel Reconnaissance Window Manufacturing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Kutsch, Manager – (410) 987-1656
Award Amount: $79,950.00
Abstract:
The Navy has critical and enabling needs for large, strong transparent windows for electro-optical sensor applications on surface vessels, subsurface vessels and airborne systems that are currently beyond the state-of-the art. The hardness, erosion resistance, and broadband transparency of… More

High Strength Spinel Sensor Windows

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Lynda Renomeron, President – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $1,493,875.00
Abstract:
Spinel is a transparent polycrystalline ceramic whose combination of high hardness, light weight and broad band transmission (UV-Mid IR) properties make it ideal for transparent armor and reconnaissance pods and combined RF/laser communication windows. This Phase II SBIR program details a… More

Additively Manufactured Engineered Molds For Investment Cast Turbine Airfoils Using Ceramic Stereolithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Walter Zimbeck, Program Manager – (410) 987-8988
Award Amount: $149,996.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: In this Phase I SBIR project TA & T will use ceramic stereolithography to fabricate engineered molds for investment cast turbine airfoils with the goals of reduced dimensional and metallurgical variability, finer cast features, and improved yield. The application target will be… More

Advanced Lightweight Transparent Armor Solutions for GMV"s

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Kutsch, Senior Research Engineer – (410) 987-1656
Award Amount: $149,912.00
Abstract:
The expanding use of traditional transparent armor (TA) windows in smaller and lighter vehicles to enhance warfighter safety highlights the necessity to find lighter weight solutions to minimize vehicle performance degradation. While ultra lightweight TA solutions are available using a transparent… More