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Additive Manufacturing for Naval Aviation Battery Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0578
Agency Tracking Number: N18A-008-0203
Amount: $752,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N18A-T008
Solicitation Number: 18.A
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-30
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX 78733
United States
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Craig Milroy
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Michael Dingus
Phone: (512) 615-4478
Research Institution
 The University of Texas at Austin
 Elena V. Mota Elena V. Mota
3925 W. Braker Lane, Mail Code A9000
Austin, TX 78759
United States

 (512) 471-6424
 Nonprofit College or University

Texas Research Austin (TRI-Austin) will continue to partner with the University of Texas, Austin, to use additive manufacturing for fabricating and optimizing the lithium ion and electroactive metal electrode systems for which the team established proof of concept in the Phase I base period. The Aerosol Deposition Method (ADM) is a broadly applicable additive manufacturing technology that has been used primarily to deposit ceramic materials, but can potentially deposit any class of material required for a battery (ceramic, metal, polymer). The University of Texas will continue to conduct fundamental research to expand the materials palette of ADM to encompass polymers and electroactive metal oxides, and to produce metal oxide electrodes with selective laser sintering (SLS), while TRI will continue to optimize screen and extrusion-printing protocols. The team will build traditional and conformal prototype battery cells that demonstrate the benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) for improving key performance parameters (KPPs), and demonstrate the functionality of battery cells under Navy-relevant operating conditions. The expertise developed in Phase I will allow us to use printing as a high-throughput method to optimize individual components, and demonstrate AM benefits in improving battery KPPs.

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