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Magnesium MetPregT as a Beryllium (Be) Material Replacement

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
69690
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
B041-059-1684
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd.
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road Triadelphia, WV -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Magnesium MetPregT as a Beryllium (Be) Material Replacement
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: HQ0006-04-C-7023
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Beryllium commands a unique position as a metal for engineering applications. It exhibits high thermal conductivity, modest thermal expansion, combines a high elastic modulus with a low density to exhibit an unsurpassed specific stiffness (modulus/density). However, the attributes of Be and its alloys are countered by two significant drawbacks: 1) toxicity, and 2) high cost. Over the past two decades MMCs have been the subject of significant academic studies and numerous commercialization attempts. For example, aluminum-matrix MMCs have exhibited desirable attributes such as significant increases in elastic modulus, tensile strength at room and elevated temperatures, fatigue strength, wear resistance, etc. Recently, the Missile Defense Agency has supported materials development approaches that would lead to structural materials systems to replace Be and Be alloys. Continuous graphite fiber reinforced magnesium is a viable candidate for Be replacement. The overall objective for this Phase I effort is to evaluate the feasibility of producing magnesium-matrix, continuous carbon fiber composites using Touchstone's MetPregT processing facility. The proposed feasibility evaluation entails modifying the MetPreg processing apparatus for handling magnesium safely, producing tape using two matrix alloys and two carbon fibers, measuring the tensile properties of fabricated tape, and performing microstructural characterizations.

Principal Investigator:

Virgil Irick
Ceramic Engineer
3045475800
vi@trl.com

Business Contact:

Brian E. Joseph
President
3045475800
bej@trl.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TOUCHSTONE RESEARCH LABORATORY, LTD.
The Millennium Centre, R.R. 1, Box 100B Triadelphia, WV 26059

EIN/Tax ID: 550640717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No