INNOVATIVE PROCESSING TO PRODUCE ADVANCED INTERMETALLIC MATERIALS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
10641
Agency Tracking Number:
10641
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
7960 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
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Minority Owned:
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Woman Owned:
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Duns:
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Principal Investigator:
R O Loutfy
Principal Investigator
(602) 574-1980
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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Abstract
THERE IS AN INSATIABLE DEMAND FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE, LIGHT WEIGHT, STRONG AND DUCTILE MATERIALS IN HEAT ENGINE AND STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS. INTERMETALLICS SUCH AS TI3A1 OFFER A SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVED HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES OVER CURRENT STATE-OF-THE-ART NICKEL BASE SUPERALLOYS AND TITANIUM ALLOYS. HOWEVER, TI3A1 BASE MATERIALS WITH SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED DUCTILITY, STRENGTH, OXIDATION AND CREEP RESISTANCE HAVE NOTBEEN FULLY DEVELOPED. GRAIN REFINING, MICRO-AND MACROALLYING AND REINFORCING OF TI3A1 INTERMETALLICS ARE INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO IMPROVE HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES OF TI3A1. THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM UTILIZES ARF THERMAL PLASMA TECHNIQUE TO SYNTHESIZE ULTRAFINE (10-50 NM) AND ULTRAPURE TI3A1 POWDERS. THE PRODUCTION MECHANISM IS ALUMINUM REDUCTION OF TITANIUM TETRACHLORIDE IN AN ARGON HIGH TEMPERATURE PLASMA (<126>10000<198>K). MICRO- AND MACROALLOYING OF TI3A1 WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE PLASMA REACTOR SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE SYNTHESIS OF TI3A1 POWDERS. REINFORCED TI3A1 COMPOSITES WILL ALSO BE INVESTIGATED. A TI3A1 BASE ALLOY AND COMPOSITE WITH IMPROVED DUCTILITY AND HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES WILL RESULT FROM THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM.

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