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High Performance Nanostructured Tantalum for Warhead Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67649
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-162-0121
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NANODYNAMICS, INC.
901 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY 14203-4203
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: High Performance Nanostructured Tantalum for Warhead Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-05-C-0120
Award Amount: $671,114.00
 

Abstract:

Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) are an important component of today's military. They are capable of penetrating many inches (even feet) of armor. Needless to say, high performance is important and continued improvement requires materials that can perform under severe conditions. Budget and other concerns make finding a solution difficult, but a recently identified class of materials, called nanostructured materials, holds great promise. However, to-date, exploitation of nanomaterials has been hindered by a lack of suitable production technologies and high costs. Phase I of this SBIR demonstrated the feasibility of using a radically new, yet simple, approach to produce nanocrystalline tantalum that is greatly superior and cost effective when compared to competing technologies. High Velocity Deformation (HVD) has been shown to produce micron-sized particles composed entirely of nanocrystalline structures, using commercially available machining equipment. As such, these materials can be processed with standard consolidation equipment/processes and thereby avoid the expensive equipment and procedures required for nano-sized particles. Under Phase I, NanoDynamics produced over 1 kilogram of nanocrystalline tantalum and explored options for consolidation into liner plates. Phase II will focus on optimizing and scale-up of production, exploring consolidation approaches, as well as producing tantalum plate for explosive testing by the USAF.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas P. DuFaux
Director of ND Innovation
8329784386
ddufaux@nanodynamics.com

Business Contact:

Keith A. Blakely
CEO
7168534900
kblakely@nanodynamics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NANODYNAMICS, INC.
901 Fuhrmann Blvd. Buffalo, NY 14203

EIN/Tax ID: 412048510
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No