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Verifying the Domestic Manufacturing Process of Isostatically Molded (Isomolded) Synthetic Graphite Can Meet Military Requirements

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials

OBJECTIVE:

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) seeks to provide responsive, best value supplies consistently to our customers. DLA continually investigates diverse technologies for manufacturing which would lead to the highest level of innovation in the discrete-parts support of fielded weapon systems (many of which were designed in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's) with a future impact on both commercial technology and government applications. As such, advanced technology demonstrations for affordability and advanced industrial practices to demonstrate the combination of improved discrete-parts manufacturing and improved business methods are of interest. All these areas of manufacturing technologies provide potential avenues toward achieving breakthrough advances. Proposed efforts funded under this topic may encompass any specific discrete-parts or materials manufacturing or processing technology at any level resulting in a unit cost reduction.


Research and Development efforts selected under this topic shall demonstrate and involve a degree of risk where the technical feasibility of the proposed work has not been fully established. Further, proposed efforts must be judged to be at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or less, but greater than TRL 3 to receive funding consideration.


TRL 3. (Analytical and Experimental Critical Function and/or Characteristic Proof of Concept)


TRL 6. (System/Subsystem Model or Prototype Demonstration in a Relevant Environment)

DESCRIPTION:

DLA R&D is looking for a domestic capability to address the lacking viable domestic source of isomolded graphite production. The military uses isomolded graphite in numerous applications, including tactical munitions, strategic rockets and missiles, and large, advance-launch systems. The United States has been dependent on foreign sources for isomolded graphite. Verifying a domestic manufacturing production process for isomolded graphite meets military reuqirements would elimate the costly foreign alliance for this material.


R&D tasks include qualifying domestic pre-cursor materials for the a domestic isomolded manufactuing process, verify the domestically manufactured isomolded graphite material meets militrary requirements, and qualify the material on military applictions.


PROJECT DURATION and COST:

  • Phase I: N/A
  • PHASE II: Phase II - NTE 24 Months $1.6M - Base 12-18 months, $1M Option 6 Months NTE $.6M

PHASE I:

Not Required for Direct to Phase II. Demonstrate your proof of concept in the first 20 pages of Volume 2.

PHASE II:

Validate that domestically sourced pre-cursor materials for the isomolded graphite material can be utilized for the established domestic production process. Validation would include, but not be limited to, prototype quantities, data analysis, and labortaory tests. Validate the prouction proess can manufature isomolded graphite which can meet property specifications of previously used isomolded graphite for military applications. Validation would include, but not be limited to, prototype quantities, data analysis, and labortaory tests. Qualify the validated isomolded material on military applications that are utilizing obsolete or foreign sourced isomolded graphite.

PHASE III:

Provide a Domestic Source for the isomolded graphite material can be utilized for the established domestic production process.

KEYWORDS: Isostatically Molded (Isomolded) Synthetic Graphite

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