A Process That Rapidly Produces Be/Be Alloys in Net Shape at Low Cost Without Exposure of the Workforce

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: FA9453-04-M-0326
Agency Tracking Number: B045-011-0077
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA04-T011
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 CEO
 (520) 574-1980
 jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
 Los Alamos National Laboratory
 Kendall Hollis
 P.O. Box 1663
Los Alamos, NM, 87545
 (505) 665-8223
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Beryllium and beryllium alloys are strategic to many defense/aerospace applications, but whose use is limited due to current and anticipated more stringent health and safety concerns which result in long lead times for fabrication and very high cost. An innovative approach that reduces fabrication time to a matter of hours to a few days results in low cost and produces net shapes without exposure of the workforce to Be. This paradigm for beryllium fabrication utilizes a melt forming solid free form fabrication process that will be performed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) established beryllium facility in coordination with a beryllium fabricator/supplier and two MDA prime contractor system suppliers. Be/Be alloys will be net shape produced and charaterized as well as fabricating a demonstraion mirror and structural components.

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