The Development of an Alternative Material for Beryllium Copper

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$80,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0206
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2005
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-009-0799
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-009
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 CEO
 (520) 574-1980
 jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: mercorp@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Beryllium copper alloys are widely used in military aerospace applications because of the unique desirable properties imported by the beryllium alloying of copper. Because of the toxicity of beryllium and the health hazard it produces, beryllium usages is becoming quite restrictive and may be completely eliminated. In spite of previous development efforts no copper alloy has been developed which can match the properties of copper-beryllium (CuBe) alloys. This program will investigate three approaches which have not heretofore been investigated and which have a very high probability to produce a material which has properties equal or superior to CuBe and can serve as an alternative material. The three material compositions will be produced and fully characterized for high-load, stress and wear applications to permit selection of one composition for further optimization in the option periods and Phase II. The best Phase I material will be delivered to the Navy.

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