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Klystron Fabrication Using Additive Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0017788
Agency Tracking Number: 230070
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 24c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001619
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-11
Small Business Information
690 Port Drive
San Mateo, CA 94404-1010
United States
DUNS: 968627539
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Ives
 (650) 312-9575
Business Contact
 Robert Ives
Phone: (650) 312-9575
Research Institution
 North Carolina State University
 Tim Horn
111 Lampe Drive 126 Daniels Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695
United States

 (919) 961-6296
 Nonprofit College or University

The cost of high power RF sources exceeds available funding for several large accelerator systems. The ILC, for example, will require more than 700 multiple beam klystrons. The complexity of the klystron currently requires hundreds of individually machined parts, in addition to tens of bonding processes. The high cost is preventing construction of new accelerator systems. Calabazas Creek Research Inc. in collaboration with North Carolina State University proposes to investigate additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, for fabrication of klystron circuits, collectors, and other subassemblies. The goal will be to reduce the number of machined parts by 80% and the number of bonding operations by 75%. The program will develop designs consistent with additive manufacturing equipment and capabilities and generate structures for RF and mechanical testing. If successful, this technology will be applicable to a broad range of RF sources, including traveling wave tubes, inductive output tubes, and backward wave oscillators. Applications include radar, communications, electronic warfare, medical equipment, and industrial and scientific accelerators

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