STTR Phase I: Laser Ablation - Diamond Turning Hybrid Process for Brittle Material Machining

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$149,547.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0637697
Solitcitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Number:
NSF 06-553
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2007
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0637697
Solicitation Topic Code:
MI
Small Business Information
MLPC
720 Mound Ave, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Miamisburg, OH, 45342
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
927253195
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Jacobsen
 Dr
 (937) 865-4046
 rljacobsen@mlpc.com
Business Contact
 Larry Dosser
Title: PhD
Phone: (937) 865-4046
Email: dosserlr@mlpc.com
Research Institution
 Western MI Univ
 John A Patten
 1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008 1887
 (269) 276-3246
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project, a collaboration between Mound Laser and Photonics Center and the Manufacturing Research Center at Western Michigan University, will develop a novel, synergistic method for precision machining of brittle materials and semiconductors by combining laser processing diamond turning. The method has the potential to greatly reduce wear of diamond machine tools, improve the surface quality of finished ceramics, and reduce overall process costs for machining and smoothing these notoriously difficult to process yet critically needed materials. Developing a successful technology will immediately impact the areas of silicon carbide mirrors for aerospace applications, and single crystal silicon carbide wafers for high temperature electronics. Other potential uses include fabrication of structural aerospace components, sensors, and ceramic bearings and seals. Exploitation of high performance ceramics in all of these areas is currently limited by the state of the art in cost effective, damage-free fabrication of engineered ceramics. The project will provide a valuable opportunity for students to participate in the advanced, state-of-the-art materials processing technology development.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government