High Temperature Sensor for Consolidation of Refractory Metals and Alloys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-08-C-0507
Agency Tracking Number: A062-055-0137
Amount: $729,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-055
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
504 Shaw Road Suite 215, Sterling, VA, 20166
DUNS: 838199099
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tony F Zahrah
 (703) 964-0400
Business Contact
 Tony Zahrah
Title: President
Phone: (703) 964-0400
Email: zahrah@matsys.com
Research Institution
MATSYS proposes to develop and demonstrate a high temperature sensor technology to enable (1) densification of nanostructured refractory metals and alloys into fully dense bulk materials with the desired microstructure; (2) densification of temperature-sensitive materials, such as reactive powder blends and nanostructured powders; and (3) damage measurement of metallic structural materials. This effort will build on our unique expertise in high temperature eddy current sensing during Hot Isostatic Pressing to design and demonstrate a new generation of sensors for consolidation of temperature-sensitive materials. To date the maximum temperature reached with in situ sensor monitoring is about 1250°C. A current unsolved challenge is the consolidation of tungsten and other refractory metal powders, including nanostructured material, that require a maximum temperature above 1250°C for full consolidation. Successful consolidation of nanostructured metals and alloys into nanostructured fully dense composites will enable the introduction of a new class of materials for a wide range of military applications, while damage measurement of metallic structural materials will enable the application of this technology for fatigue life prediction of gun barrels. Additional applications include transparent ceramic for armor applications, as well as optical devices, windows, and lenses that are more durable than single crystals and conventional glass.

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