Dismounted Warfighter Antenna System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: 98SB20391
Agency Tracking Number: 98SB20391
Amount: $98,877.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1999
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 300, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William McKinzie
 (301) 982-5271
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
Not Available Feasibility of fabricating nanophase reinforced Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) will be demonstrated. MMCs are a class of materials that have superior physical, mechanical, and thermal properties; including specific strength and modulus, high temperature stability, thermal conductivity, and controlled coefficient of thermal expansion. Because of inherent differences to traditional materials, MMCs provide the properties necessary for many advanced structural, aerospace, electronic, thermal management, and wear applications. Extending microstructural refinement of MMCs down to the range of nanostructures should result in significant property improvements. A novel aspect of this work is the in-situ production of nonoxide composite powders through Gas-Phase Combustion Synthesis. The powders are coated in a fully removable encapsulation material to ensure they retain their purity until consolidation. We will also employ a novel encapsulation method that removes the encapsulation material just prior to consolidation so that powders are never directly exposed to oxygen. The proposed synthesis and consolidation technologies address the critical issues facing the successful implementation and commercialization of nanostructured MMCs. They represent the first scalable means of producing high purity, unagglomerated powder in a way that the as-produced powder can be processed using cost effective, commercially-viable handling procedures. For this program we will produce and mechanically test aluminum-aluminum nitride MMCs

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government