Corrosion Resistant Squeeze Cast Net Shape Magnesium Composite Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-05-C-1228
Agency Tracking Number: A043-013-3173
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: A04-013
Solitcitation Number: 2004.3
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
 Sion Pickard
 Senior Scientist
 (520) 574-1980
 pickards@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this Phase I Innovation research program, MER will develop light weight, high strength and high stiffness magnesium matrix composites in the form of sub scale prototype parts for mortar applications. Strategies will be developed to minimize potential galvanic corrosion, using selected high strength fillers and high purity level alloys. Net shape parts with volume loading of filler ranging from 20-75% will be constituted from particulate and fiber including carbon fiber, alumina and SiC by low cost squeeze casting. Specific composite formulation will be chosen based on army input of strength and stiffness requirements in the field. Phase I will prove feasibility of light weight magnesium matrix composite parts with high strength, stiffness and corrosion resistance.

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