Recovery Act - A Very Low Cost Process for the Manufacture of Ti Heat Exchanger Components for Desalination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: 02-10ER85671
Agency Tracking Number: 92152
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 04 c
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85756
DUNS: 147518296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Storm
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: Dr.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Research Institution
The availability of fresh potable water is restricted in many environments. This could be corrected by the distillation of sea water; however the cost is very high due in large part to the requirement for titanium heat exchangers to provide the required corrosion resistance. A new low cost process combined with very low cost raw materials is being developed to provide a substantial reduction in the cost of the titanium heat exchangers. The low cost process was successfully demonstrated with the fabrication of the very thin titanium sheets which are used for heat exchanger manufacture. The low cost fabrication of the low cost titanium sheets will be scaled up to larger sizes. The large sheets and tubes used for the heat exchangers will be fabricated and tested. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Titanium alloys have a unique combination of excellent strength and mechanical properties that make them desirable for a wide range of applications including automotive. However, their use has been restricted by their high cost. The low cost titanium process developed in this program will result in a major expansion of titanium alloys into these applications.

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