Processing of Bulk Nano-Magnesium Alloy and Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,813.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QX-10-C-0037
Award Id:
87011
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-067-0018
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 07-067
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
620 Technology Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
187921424
Principal Investigator:
RaymondDecker
Director of Battery R & D
(734) 995-5550
rdecker@thixomat.com
Business Contact:
StephenLeBeau
VP of Technology
(734) 995-5550
slebeau@thixomat.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The opportunity is to develop light weight high strength/density armor to better resist ballistic threats of fragments and projectiles. The objective is to scale up Mg matrix composites that were discovered in Phase I - to provide larger test samples for ballistic testing - as produced by the novel Thixomolding Thermomechanical Process(TTMP). The target is yield strength of >250MPa at density of 10psf in 1-inch plate and with ballistic resistance superior to Mg AZ31 and Al 5083. Variables of Thixomolding, warm rolling, stack pressing, heat treatment, type and shape of inserts will be studied in order to optimize the TTMP process and the composite microstructure and properties. The anticipated result is economic light-weight armor that provides ballistic performance superior to Al alloys and steel plus savings in maintenance costs and fuel consumption.

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