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Ceramic Fabrication with Control of Micrograin Structure via Nano Additives

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0301
Agency Tracking Number: N22A-T019-0058
Amount: $139,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N22A-T019
Solicitation Number: 22.A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-12-06
Small Business Information
141 W. Xenia Ave. PO Box 579
Cedarville, OH 45314-1111
United States
DUNS: 173666215
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Carla Lake
 (937) 766-2020
Business Contact
 Maria Baker
Phone: (937) 767-2020
Research Institution
 University of Dayton Research Institute
 Ryan Seifert
1700 Patterson Blvd
Dayton, OH 45469-7641
United States

 (937) 229-2919
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

A multidisciplinary team led by Applied Sciences, Inc. (ASI) will incorporate Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) functionalities to create a predictive design tool to control the formation of unique micrograin structures with a Ceramic Matrix Composite.  Initiation of the structures will be the result of using nanomaterials as nucleation seed crystals in the matrix rather than as reinforcements. This in turn will result in improved mechanical properties such as higher strain, enhanced thermal conductivity, enhanced oxidation resistance, higher strength and modulus, improved microcrack propagation resistance, and better brittle fracture resistance. In addition to ASI, our team is represented by three universities (University of Dayton Research Institute, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Akron), a major aerospace OEM (Lockheed-Martin). Our strongest advantage is that we have highly credible means to change the microstructure of ceramic composite matrices by adding nucleation agents at the nanoscale level. Addition of less than 1% of the total mass of composite is all that is needed to observe the benefits of these materials. This is the type of data that will inform the ICME model in a unique and advantageous way. The intended result of these efforts is ceramic materials with a well-ordered atomic lattice and micrograin structure. This will impart the previously mentioned property improvements at higher temperatures.

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