High Strength, Transparent, Low Cost Spinel Windows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5507
Agency Tracking Number: F061-093-1859
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-093
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Juan Sepulveda
 VP Technical Marketing
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 R Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
This Phase I SBIR Air Force Program proposes the development of transparent magnesium aluminum spinel windows for AF F-35 aircrafts, and similar applications, at an affordable cost. The novel spinel material exhibits high optical and IR transparency in the 0.3 – 5.5 µm wavelength, is very resistant to abrasion, with density higher than 99.95% of theoretical, with very fine and uniform grain size exhibiting a flexural strength close to 300 MPa. The novel spinel technology proposed in this project has improved mechanical characteristics and transmission performance, better than conventional available spinel materials. Improved performance derives from the use of an advanced transient sintering aid technology that leaves no traces in the final product and flexible densification processing.

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