HIGH TEMPERATURE, PROTECTIVE COATINGS ARE CURRENTLY APPLIED BY SEVERAL PROCESSES INCLUDING ELECTRON BEAM EVAPORATION, PACK CEMENTATION, CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION, SPUTTERING, AND PLASMA SPRAYING.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4035
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Iowa Laser Technology Inc
6122 Nordic Dr, Cedar Falls, IA, 50613
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MARK W BALDWIN
(319) 266-3561
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
HIGH TEMPERATURE, PROTECTIVE COATINGS ARE CURRENTLY APPLIED BY SEVERAL PROCESSES INCLUDING ELECTRON BEAM EVAPORATION, PACK CEMENTATION, CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION, SPUTTERING, AND PLASMA SPRAYING. LASER CLADDING IS A FAIRLY NEW PROCESS THAT OFFERS THE UNIQUE ADVANTAGES OF CONTROLLED DILUTION, GOOD FUSION BOND, FINE MICROSTRUCTURES, MINIMAL DAMAGE TO THE SUBSTRATE, DEPOSITION OF HIGH MELTING POINT MATERIALS, COATING OF INACCESSIBLE AND LOCALIZED AREAS, AND DEFECTFREE HOMOGENEOUS STRUCTURES. IN THE PROPOSED INVESTIGATION, TWO CONTINUOUS-WAVE CO(2) GAS LASERS WITH POWER LEVELS 5 KW (MULTI MODE BEAM) AND 1.2 KW (GAUSSIAN BEAM) WILL BE EMPLOYED TO CLAD THERMAL BARRIER COATINGS USING A MELT/PARTICLE INJECTION PROCESS. THE COATING SEQUENCE INVOLVES A BOND-COAT OF NICRALY, FOLLOWED BY AN INTERMEDIATE COAT OF AL(2)O(3) AND AN OVERCOAT OF ZROO(2)/Y(2)O(3). THE PURPOSE OF INTERMEDIATE AL(2)O(3) COATING IS TO PREVENT THE OXIDATION OF BOND-COAT DURING ITS HIGH TEMPERATURE USE AND TO ENHANCE THERMALBARRIER CHARACTERISTICS. CYCLIC OXIDATION TESTS AT 2000 DEG F WILL BE CONDUCTED TO EVALUATE THE HIGH-TEMPERATURE PREFORMANCE OF CLADDINGS. LIGHT MICROSCOPY, SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, MICROPROBE ANALYSIS, AND HARDNESS TESTS WILL BE USED TO CHARACTERIZE THE COATINGS BEFORE AND AFTER HIGH-TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE. THE OBJECTIVE OF PHASE I PROGRAM IS TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF LASER CLADDING PROCESS FOR OBTAINING DEFECT-FREE, DENSE, UNIFORM, COHERENT, THICK AND HIGH-DEPOSITION RATE CLADDINGS.

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