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Affordable CMAS -Resistant Thermal Barrier Coatings

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Department of Defense
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2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Affordable CMAS -Resistant Thermal Barrier Coatings
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-M-0340
Award Amount: $149,883.00


A notable failure mechanism in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) is the attack by calcium-magnesium-alumino silicate (CMAS) deposits resulting from the ingestion of siliceous minerals with the intake of air. Existing TBC systems such as yittria partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) are highly susceptible to CMAS infiltration. In this STTR program, QuesTek Innovations LLC, a leader in the field of computational materials design, proposes to expand its computational Materials by Design technology by developing a"design toolkit"that enables the subsequent design and development of novel CMAS-resistant, high performance thermal barrier coatings for aeroengine components (e.g., turbine blades). The focus of the Phase I program will be the development of the ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering) based materials design toolkit, especially robust thermodynamic descriptions that forms the backbone for almost all ICME tools. Additionally, relevant process-structure-property tools that are necessary to enable design of high performance TBCs will be implemented. These tools will be exercised to design a CMAS-resistant TBC composition and microstructure. To support design of high performance CMAS-resistant TBCs, QuesTek will partner with a leading TBC expert as university partner. Furthermore, this program will involve a leading turbine engine manufacturer, to ensure a strong commercialization path for the coating solutions.

Principal Investigator:

Abhijeet Misra
Senior Materials Design E
(847) 425-8233

Business Contact:

Raymond Genellie
Vice President - Operatio
(847) 425-8211
Small Business Information at Submission:

QuesTek Innovations LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL -

EIN/Tax ID: 364116425
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
1361D Engineering II
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5050
Contact: Carlos G. Levi
Contact Phone: (805) 893-2381