METAL-METAL MICROFILAMENTARY COMPOSITES FOR HIGH CURRENT ELECTRICAL CONDUCTOR APPLICATIONS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2044
Amount: $84,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Eic Laboratory, Inc.
111 Downey St, Norwood, MA, 02062
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stuart F Cogan
 (617) 769-9450
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPACEBORNE WEAPONS SYSTEMS FOR THE STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE ORGANIZATION (SDIO) HAS CREATED THE NEED FOR MATERIALS CAPABLE OF HANDLING SUBSTANTIAL ELECTRIC POWER LOAD. IN THIS PROPOSAL, WE SUGGEST THE DEVELOPMENT OF METAL-METAL MICROFILAMENTARY COMPOSITES AS HIGH CURRENT CONDUCTORS FOR SPACEBORNE APPLICATIONS. METAL-METAL MICROFILAMENTARY COMPOSITES ARE A NOVEL CLASS OF MATERIALSTHAT DERIVE THEIR STRENGTH AND STIFFNESS FROM THE DETAILS OF THEIR UNIQUE MICROSTRUCTURAL STATE. ENHANCEMENTS IN THE TENSILE STRENGTH AND ELASTIC MODULUS OF 300% AND 100%, RESPECTIVELY, ABOVE RULE OF MIXTURES HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACHIEVED IN CU-NB MICROFILAMENTARY COMPOSITES. IN ADDITION, THESE COMPOSITES ARE EXCELLENT ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS. THE SUPERIOR MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MICROFILAMENTARY COMPOSITES WILL REDUCE FLEXURE AND VIBRATION OF THE CONDUCTORS DURING HIGH OR PULSED CURRENT OPERATION, THEREBY MINIMIZING VIBRATIONAL INPUT TO SPACE PLATFORMS. IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM, WE PROPOSE TO DEMONSTRATE THE FABRICATION OF CU-NB AND CU-AL MICROFILAMENTARY COMPOSITES AND TO CHARACTERIZE THEIR MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES.

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