Super High Temperature Erosion and Wear Resistant Ceramic Rubber™ Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5054
Agency Tracking Number: F061-098-1005
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-098
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J.H. Lalli
 VP of Business Development
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Richard Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Research Institution
NanoSonic has developed revolutionary nanostructured, inorganic/organic hybrid Metal Rubber™ and Ceramic Rubber™ coatings. Specifically, ultra-lightweight (< 0.98 g/cc), nanostructured conformal coatings with low CTE, thermal protection (> 450 C, 842 F) and abrasion / wear resistance with excellent adhesion to metal and PMC substrates with complex shapes are offered. Metal Rubber™ is fabricated via layer-by-layer, molecular self-assembly, which enables thickness and placement control over multiple constituents for true nanostructured multifunctionality (nm scale). Opposed to PVD, NanoSonic’s patented self-assembly process incorporates high temperature, advanced polymers within ceramic or metal coatings and offer controlled thickness (nm thin up to mm thick) on substrates up to 24 square inches. Metal Rubber™ is a novel nanocomposite formed in situ, by chemically reacting monolayers of nanosized components, thereby eliminating residual stress (overcoming mismatched CTEs) and debonding between each component and the substrate. Ductile Metal Rubber™ coatings do not crack or spall upon intact due to incorporation of polymers. Hardness of up to 1 GPa has been demonstrated by replacing the metal with ceramics for our Ceramic Rubber™ coatings, which would be optimized for aircraft engine components such as stator vanes. Sand/grit erosion resistance would be verified at UDRI and with assistance from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

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