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Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Barrel Sputtering: Unique Performance…

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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1995 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Barrel Sputtering: Unique Performance Coatings for FACTS Parts
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $78,845.00


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 resistant coatings with tailorable friction and wear properties for FACTS type components. This proposal outlines a systematic plan to demonstrate the feasibility of novel, co-sputtered coatings for corrosion and wear applications. A resistor drum coater will be upgraded to a confocal closed field magnetron configuration to allow uniform deposition of high quality co-sputtered coatings. Two types of material systems will be deposited, optimized and tested; A1-Mg on aircraft fasteners and B4C-Cr on bearing balls. Feedback from these tests and post test compositional and microstructural analysis will provide guidance for co-sputtering compositional and processing refinements in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. David Crowther

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Technology Assessment &
133 Defense Highway Suite 212 Annapolis, MD 21401

EIN/Tax ID: 521253097
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No