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New Generation Hybrid Carbon/Ceramic Nanocomposites

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2005 / STTR
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Small Business Information
AGILTRON Corporation
MA Woburn, MA 01801-1040
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: New Generation Hybrid Carbon/Ceramic Nanocomposites
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0126
Award Amount: $99,938.00


Based on in-depth experience with advanced optical ceramics, nano-particle coating, nanoceramic sintering and superplasticity deformation, in this program, AGILTRON Inc. and Florida International University, and University of California at Davis propose to develop next generation airframe and engine materials made of CNT/alumina nano-composites. The proposed approach uniquely combines low-cost and potentially large scale technology of in situ CNT growth on nano-particles and low temperature, short duration spark plasma sintering. This nanocomposite may represent an unprecedented opportunity for next generation IR window material because of its CNT-enabled high superplasticity, nano-enhanced mechanical strength, hardness and toughness, and intrinsic chemical and environmental stability. Due to the high strain rate superplasticity of the proposed composite, direct-shape engine components can be made through superplastic deformation at a relative low cost. The CNT enabled composite technology is promising to provide performance attributes that are beyond current technology. In this program, we anticipate to demonstrate drastic improvements in cost, size, thermal mechanical performance, and superplasticity, which have not been attainable before. The approach¿_s feasibility will be demonstrated in Phase I.

Principal Investigator:

Jack Salerno
VP of Technology

Business Contact:

Mary A. Davoli
Contract Administrator
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Agiltron Corp.
15 Cabot Road Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043539587
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
11200 Southwest St.
Miami, FL 33199
Contact: Susan Webster
Contact Phone: (304) 348-2494
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university