Non-stick Coating for Field Cookware

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,992.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAD16-02-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number:
A012-0059
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Hy-Tech Research Corp.
104 Centre Ct., Radford, VA, 24141
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101711786
Principal Investigator:
C.Christopher Klepper
Research Scientist
(540) 639-4019
cklepper@hytechresearch.com
Business Contact:
Robert Hazelton
Sectetary/Treasurer
(540) 639-4019
bhazelton@hytechresearch.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"In collaboration with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Facilities,HY-Tech Research has developed a unique technology for the deposition ofthin films of boron, a high-temperature materialwith excellent hardness and lubricity properties. Since the potential foreconomically depositing pure boron films did not previously exist, HY-Techhas undertaking the mission to promote the benefits of this product tovarious applications. This solicitation provides an ideal application for boronfilms, because it would benefit from the metallurgical properties as well as fromthe chemical inertness of these coatings. The deposition technique developed byHY-Tech is based on the vacuum arc concept, which is the basis for the mosteconomical deposition systems for metallurgical coatings. The vacuum arc generatesits material from a solid source. This is important in the case of boron, sincemost gaseous precursors are biologically hazardous. All the material is depositedin an ionized form, which allows for good control of the energies, which leads togood film adherence to the substrate. A preliminary calculation shows that theinjestion limit for boron exceeds the total material that would be found in thecoating. Therefore, no problems are anticipated in this area. Good adherence toaluminum alloys has already been seen for thin (<1micron) coatings. The goal ofPhase I will be to demonstrate thick (1-2micron) coatings on 6061 Al which willwithstand the rigor

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