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Cobalt-Free Environmentally Green Process to Produce Fine Grained WC

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
O12B-T07-2018
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD12-T07
Solicitation Number:
2012.B
Small Business Information
Thor Technologies, Inc.
3013 Aztec Road NE Albuquerque, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Cobalt-Free Environmentally Green Process to Produce Fine Grained WC
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W911QX-13-C-0106
Award Amount: $99,925.00
 

Abstract:

The proposed work will result in a method for production of dense, hard, tough, strong tungten carbide (WC) ceramic material for ultimate use as the penetrating core in armor piercing projectiles. Focus is on the development and feasibility of a titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2) based matrix as a replacement for cobalt based materials currently used. Ti3SiC2 is a so called ductile ceramic which shows improved fracture toughness compared to most ceramic materials. Sintering agents to fuse the WC into a dense hard monoliths, including TiSi2, Ni, and/or ZrB2, will be utilized in dopant levels. Grain inhibitors, preceramic polymers, microwave processing, and other means of microstructure control will be utilized to keep grain size<1 um in the fully densified composite. Ceramic rods of this next generation WC material will be fabricated and hardness, density, and fracture toughness of the resulting ceramic measured.

Principal Investigator:

George Jacobsen
Senior Scientist
(505) 830-6986
gmjacobsen@thortech.biz

Business Contact:

Larry Kepley
President
(505) 573-9908
ljkepley@thortech.biz
Small Business Information at Submission:

Thor Technologies, Inc.
3013 Aztec Road NE Albuquerque, NM -

EIN/Tax ID: 850465761
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Southern Research Institute
2000 Ninth Avenue South
P.O. Box 55305
Birmingham, NM 35205-5305
Contact: Andy Cain
Contact Phone: (205) 581-2809