THE SYNTHETIC PRODUCTION OF LARGE SINGLE CRYSTALS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5043
Amount: $49,926.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Flow Research Company
21414 68thh Ave South, Kent, WA, 98032
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Dr. Ralph W. Metcalfe
Title: Senior Res Sci
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE SYNTHETIC PRODUCTION OF LARGE SINGLE CRYSTALS HAS RECENTLY BECOME A PROBLEM OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF FASTER AND MORE POWERFUL MICROCOMPUTER CHIPS DEPENDS ON THE AVAILABILITY OF UNIFORM CRYSTALS OF MORE EXOTIC MATERIALS THAN THE TRADITIONAL SILICON. RECENT EXPERIMENTS IN THE SPACE SHUTTLE HAVE DEMONSTRATED THE SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL FOR THE PRODUCTION OF SUCH CRYSTALS IN A MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT. HOWEVER, WHILE THERMAL CONVECTION EFFECTS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IN SPACE, THERMOCAPILLARY CONVECTION BECOMES EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AND IT IS CRITICAL TO DEVELOP A PREDICTIVE CAPABILITY FOR THE PHYSICS OF CRYSTAL MELT FLOWS IN SUCH AN ENVIORNMENT. THIS PROBLEM IS MAGNIFIED BY THE LACK OF ANY TERRESTRIAL FACILITIES FOR PERFORMING EXTENDED LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS UNDER MICROGRAVITY CONDITIONS. THE OBJECT OF THIS PROPOSAL IS THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF HIGH ACCURACY NUMERICAL CODES FOR PREDICTING THE EVOLUTION OF CRYSTAL MELT FLOWS IN SPACE AND PERFORMING SIMULATIONS WITH THESE CODES TO HELP IN THE DESIGN OF SPACE LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS.

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