Thermodynamic Databases: Critical Tools for Developing and Processing High Performance Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-01-C-5208
Agency Tracking Number: 001ML-0107
Amount: $748,325.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
COMPUTHERM, LLC
437 S. Yellowstone Dr, Suite 217, Madison, WI, 53719
DUNS: 939950622
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fan Zhang
 Materials Scientist
 (608) 274-1414
 fan@chorus.net
Business Contact
 Y.Austin Chang
Title: President
Phone: (608) 274-1414
Email: chang@chorus.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
CompuTherm, LLC proposes to develop and experimentally validate thermodynamic databases for nickel, aluminum, and titanium based alloys. Thermodynamic databases are critically needed by the materials industry to accelerate the development of new materialsfor applications such as turbine engines. Databases greatly reduce the need for costly and time-consuming trial-and-error experiments. Unfortunately, existing databases do not meet the needs of industry due to insufficient chemical elements, improper modeltypes, and inconsistencies. In Phase I, CompuTherm LLC successfully demonstrated the feasibility of using our new USAF SBIR funded software, PANDAT, to quickly produce core databases for nickel, aluminum, and titanium-based alloys. In Phase II, we willdevelop the concepts from Phase I into commercially viable products for simulating real alloys: a 17-component nickel alloy database, a 15-component aluminum alloy database, and a 17-component titanium alloy database. Several companies-General ElectricCompany, Ford Motor Company, ALCOA, Howmet Castings, and Ladish Inc.-expressed great interest in these databases and agreed to provide $79,000 hard investment and $160,000 in-kind support for the proposed database development. The proposed databases,integrated with our PANDAT software, will provide critical data for time and money-saving simulations for processes such as solidification.

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