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High Strength Stress Corrosion Resistant Aluminum Casting Alloys

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N102-106-0594
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N102-106
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201-3621
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: High Strength Stress Corrosion Resistant Aluminum Casting Alloys
Agency: DOD
Contract: M67854-11-C-0009
Award Amount: $69,911.00
 

Abstract:

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is pursuing high-performance aluminum castings for structural components of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV). Aluminum alloy A206 has been considered for these applications; however, this alloy is susceptible to hot tearing during casting, and has inferior stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance. Under this proposed SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations LLC, a leader in the field of computational materials design, will design and develop a new high-strength SCC-resistant castable aluminum alloy for the waterjet inlet housing and/or steering bucket applications. The Materials by Design framework will use QuesTek"s state-of-the-art computational design tools for aluminum alloys, including custom thermodynamic and kinetic databases, microstructural evolution models, physics-based strength models, solidification and inoculation process simulations, and stress-corrosion cracking models. Our Phase I collaborators, Material Strategies, Inc. and Eck Industries, Inc. will assist QuesTek in Phase I alloy fabrication, castability testing and will provide process-related design expertise. In the program QuesTek will also partner with OEMs who will help define the material and process requirement matrix, and ultimately lead the alloy implementation. Concept feasibility will be demonstrated on model alloys fabricated in the Phase I program. Production-scale fabrication of the designed alloy will be demonstrated in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Abhijeet Misra
Senior Materials Design E
(847) 425-8233
amisra@questek.com

Business Contact:

Raymond Genellie
VP Operations
(847) 425-8211
rgenellie@questek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL -

EIN/Tax ID: 364116425
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No