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Pulse Power Based Additive Manufacturing of Functional Aircraft Parts from Refractory and Ceramic Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0111
Agency Tracking Number: FX20D-TCSO1-0114
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AFX20D-TCSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.D
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-11-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-15
Small Business Information
5000 Gulf Freeway, Exploration Research Park, Bldg 4, Suite 230
Houston, TX 77023-1111
United States
DUNS: 081060079
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alex Ignatiev
 (713) 202-6043
Business Contact
 Elliot Carol
Phone: (646) 455-8382
Research Institution
 University of Alabama in Huntsville
 Jason Cassibry
301 Sparkman Dr NW
Huntsville, AL 35899-1234
United States

 (256) 824-5107
 Nonprofit College or University

Lunar Resources , Inc. (LR) and University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) are developing the linear transformer driver additive manufacturing system (LTDAMS) for additively manufacturing of high-temperature materials. This revolutionary manufacturing technology utilizing high energy short EM pulses to heat materials can be applied to manufacture Orb/eVTOL/UAM combustors, injectors, turbine blades, and other parts requiring high temperature refractory and ceramic materials. The LTDAMS delivers pulsed energy to manufacture ultra-high temperature metals, alloys, and ceramics. The pulse rate, energy output and pulse lifetime can be scaled and adjusted to deliver a targeted amount of energy onto a material over a period of time, enabling the LTDAMS to manufacture parts from ultra-high temperature refractory materials with superior microstructures, and through micro-pulse annealing achieving down to a 3 ?m or better surface finish without requiring subtractive manufacturing processes.

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