Non-Contact Tabletop Mechanical Testing of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0046
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-004-0283
Amount: $749,995.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T004
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
7800A South Nogales Highway, Tucson, AZ, 85756
DUNS: 066066874
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Wing
 Director of Science & Technology
 (520) 547-0861
Business Contact
 Stephen Turcotte
Title: President
Phone: (520) 547-0855
Research Institution
 University of Michigan
 John Halloran
 Materials Science & Engineerin
2300 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
 (734) 761-1051
 Nonprofit college or university
A method of inducing non-contact creep deformation was demonstrated in ultra high temperature diborides via electro-magnetic forces. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the Electro-Magnetic Mechanical Apparatus to exhibit better control of test variables and have a higher degree of automation. This novel approach to characterizing Ultra High Temperature Materials will require a standard methodolody and theoretical basis from which creep behavior can be fully described. Ultimately, this approach could be extended to characterize fatigue, fracture, and elasticity at ultra high temperature. BENEFIT: The development of a low cost, rapid method for characterizing the creep behavior of Ultra High Temperature Materials will improve fundmental and applied research for hypersonic materials. Current test methods are expensive and impractical due to the temperature regime of interest. The non-contact Electro-Magnetic Mechanical Apparatus proposed will allow faster and cheaper testing. This will provide key design information for next generation hypersonic vehicles and speed the development of new materials. The developed apparatus and test methodology will be of commercial interest for missiles, rocket, and turbine manufacturers.

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