Composites of Ti-Al Intermetallic Compounds With a Ductile Ti Matrix

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL05AA80P
Agency Tracking Number: 041918
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: X6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
MER Corp
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706-9237
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 574-1980
 jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Many properties of intermetallic compounds (IMC's) would make them strong candidates for vehicle structures, tankage, secondary structures, and appendages for NASA exploration systems. This includes excellent specific strength, creep, and oxidation resistance. However, the lack of ductility in these IMC's generally does not allow these materials to meet the design requirements for those vehicle structures. On the other hand, base alloys themselves, such as Ti-6Al-4V or Inconel, have sufficient ductility, but do not have the other desired attributes. Using a novel fabrication technique (plasma transferred arc solid free form fabrication, or PTA SFFF), MER will develop composite materials of IMC's with a strong, ductile base metal. These composite materials will have a combination of overall properties that cannot be obtained today in an IMC structure. The PTA SFFF process has the capability to scale up these composites to the large shapes required for vehicle structures.

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