Nano-Particle Size Sintering Aids for High Stength and High Performance AlON Missle Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-02-P-0176
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0035
Amount: $69,968.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ching-Fong Chen
 Director of New Technolog
 (520) 574-1980
 chen@mercorp.com
Business Contact
  R.O.Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"AlON is a covalent bond material, which requires a sintering aid for liquid phase sintering. To minimize the IR scattering, the sintering aid has to be minimized. In order to overcome the very little amount of sintering aid, the sintering time andsintering temperature have to be increased so that the final sintered part can reach full density. The high temperature and long sintering time increase the cost of the products. In this program, a lower cost AlON missile dome will be developed throughinnovative sintering aids, which will reduce the processing cost by reducing the sintering temperature and time. Moreover, a high strength/high hardness AlON can be achieved with smaller grain size. Anticipated improvements in cost reduction oftransparent AlON will be of immediate use where high strength, abrasion resistance, and high transparency are required. Several examples include transparent armor, sodium lamp envelop, bar code scanner, optical lens, etc."

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