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Slip Cast Spinel for Precision Conformal Sensor Windows

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-122-1098
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-122
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD 21401-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Slip Cast Spinel for Precision Conformal Sensor Windows
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68936-13-C-0155
Award Amount: $79,992.00
 

Abstract:

A need exists within the Navy for high quality, conformal optic sensor windows fabricated from MgAl2O4 spinel that exhibit excellent visible through mid-IR transmission. The implementation of spinel conformal windows is even more desirable considering its superior performance in demanding applications with sand and rain erosion and aero thermal heating. Ultimately, high quality metrology is required during and after grinding and polishing to ensure the best optical quality. To assist in the manufacture difficult to produce optical blanks, TA & T will demonstrate a near net-shape fabrication process for conformal MgAl2O4 spinel windows using an optimized slip casting process. The process methodology will be tailored to achieve the creation of a homogeneous, highly dense green body that can be densified to a high optical quality transparent ceramic. Optimax Systems will work with TA & T to help refine the blank manufacturing process and also ensure dense spinel toroidal blank usability and suitability in their system.

Principal Investigator:

Lynda Renomeron
Senior Research Scientist
(410) 987-1656
lrenomeron@techassess.com

Business Contact:

Sharon Fehrenbacher
CEO
(410) 334-3710
sharon@techassess.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD -

EIN/Tax ID: 521253097
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No