Innovative Refractory Metal Processing for Warhead Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8651-04-C-0229
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-162-2122
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-162
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
James Withers
CEO
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
Raouf Loutfy
President
(520) 574-1980
rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Enhanced ballistic performance and lethality of warheads is materials limited. High density materials with high flow strength, strain to failure ductility, texture, and lethal energy release as well as with nono-structure are desirable. The refractory metals as a class meet many of these requirements but are difficult to produce in the desired microstructure and in layers which is a desirable configuration for optimum warhead performance. A novel plasma process has demonstrated the refractory metals can be produced with amorphorous to nanostructures, in multilayers with energetic surface layers in sizes upto two feet at virtually any thickness. This plasma system will be utilized to develop refractory metals identified in coordination with the Air Force with defined microstructures, characterized and delivered specimens including multilayer specimens to the Air Force.

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