High Strength, Transparent, Edge Bonded IR Spinel Windows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-09-C-0103
Agency Tracking Number: N082-134-0825
Amount: $875,921.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2008
Solitcitation Topic Code: N08-134
Solitcitation Number: 2008.2
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
 Juan Sepulveda
 VP Technical Marketing
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: C.E.O.
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution
This Phase II SBIR Navy Program proposes the continued development and feasibility demonstration of producing high strength, bonded, transparent magnesium aluminate spinel windows for next generation aircraft for Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (N-UCAS), ACAT I, Navy ship such as the DDG-1000 which require windows as large as 76 cm x 76 cm x 2 cm, other defense large IR window applications, and other large size armor applications at an affordable cost. The spinel bonding technology being developed for this project consists optically contacting the window panes components followed by diffusion bonding under low pressure and low temperature. For this purpose Adhesive-Free Bonding (AFB®), a process developed by Onyx Optics, Inc., is used to form spinel edge-to-edge defect-free permanent bonds without the use of adhesives.

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