SBIR Phase II: Spray Forming Titanium Alloys Using the Cold Spray Process

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$498,654.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0349787
Agency Tracking Number:
0232994
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ktech Corporation
2201 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Anatolii Papyrin
PI
(505) 998-5830
papyrin@ktech.com
Business Contact:
Larry Lee
(505) 998-5830
ktech@ktech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes to develop a new, low-cost methods for direct fabrication of metal parts at near-net shapes (NNS). This technology is critical for many industries and in particular, for manufacturing parts of expensive metals and alloys such as titanium. Such technologies have an impact on many industries because of the potential to quickly manufacture complicated parts with minimal waste. Currently used methods typically involve melting and solidification, which can cause high residual stresses, undesirable phases, and other problems. To solve the problems described a new method for spray forming is being used. This method is based on using the cold spray process avoiding undesired material, chemistry, and phase properties associated with thermal spray-forming methods. Studies conducted during Phase I demonstrated the feasibility of the cold spray process for rapid prototyping and direct fabrication of spray form shapes of Titanium alloys. The anticipated result of this activity is to deliver a technology yielding superior material properties of sprayed material and reduce cost of manufacturing. The broader impacts of cold spraying near net-shapes technology could be very important technology for aerospace, including aircraft, military aircraft and spacecraft. This technology is promising for many other industries including automotive, medical, power, chemical, sport goods, and others. The proposed research activity will enhance scientific and technological understanding of the spray processes based on using high-speed particle flow.

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