Sintered Boron as High-Strength, Lightweight Structural Material for Aerospace Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: W9113M-05-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number: 044-0712
Amount: $99,761.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-095
Solicitation Number: 2004.4
Small Business Information
104 Centre Ct., Radford, VA, 24141
DUNS: 101711786
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 C. Christopher Klepper
 PI/Sr. Scientist
 (540) 639-4019
Business Contact
 Robert Hazelton
Title: Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: (540) 639-4019
Research Institution
Beryllium (Be) is an ideal material for aerospace applications owing to its low density, radiation resistance and high strength. Due to increasing concern about the toxicity of Be, the search for substitute materials is a priority in the MDA's research and development roadmap. In response to this need, HY-Tech Research Corporation proposes to demonstrate that the special boron sintering process, originally developed to produce robust cathodes for its cathodic arc-based coating process, can also deliver material suitable as Be/Be alloy replacement. HY-Tech's process produces consolidated boron compacts that are 60-70% of theoretical density, which makes them both lighter and stronger than Be. In the Phase I project, all the relevant mechanical properties will be measured. Machining options will also be examined to determine whether it is better to make complex components from simple boron plates that are brazed together or by machining monolithic large compacts. An innovative metalization technique, that will make joining of boron plates easier, will also be demonstrated. The Option 1 project will deal with manufacturing issues and the Phase II project will focus to scaling up the sintering process and optimizing the manufacturing of final components, primarily for interceptors in the MDA's Ground-based Mid-course Defense program.

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