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Advanced Manufacturing Technique for Casting SX/DX Turbine Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH10-03-C-003
Agency Tracking Number: A022-1189
Amount: $99,932.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1098 Jordan Lane
Napa, CA 94559
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 M. Eric Schlienger
 (707) 265-0300
Business Contact
 Nina Bergan French
Title: President
Phone: (707) 265-0300
Research Institution

We propose a new method of casting turbine blades to achieve directional solidification (DS) or single crystal solidification (SX) without withdrawl, which is currently the only manufacturing technique in use to make DS or SX castings. This newmanufacturing process will significantly improve the throughput from a casting furnace and quality of cast parts, hence reducing the manufacturing costs and improving the quality of cast turbine blades (airfoils) and integrally bladed disks (blisks). Thethroughput and qualilty will be improved because the new process does not rely on moving the parts through a baffled hot/cold zone to control the temperature gradient in the part during solidification. We anticipate that this technique will also allowcomplex geometries to be successfully cast in DS or SX orientation, which can significantly extend the life of the cast parts, compared to equiaxed castings.

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