Innovative Silicon Nitride - Zirconium Dioxide Nanocomposites for Turbine Engine Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,000.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-07-C-0170
Agency Tracking Number:
06SB2-0065
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NANOSONIC, INC.
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008963758
Principal Investigator:
Vince Baranauskas
Principle Investigator
(540) 953-1785
vince@nanosonic.com
Business Contact:
Lisa Lawson
Contracts Administrator
(540) 953-1785
llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this Phase I SBIR is to develop zirconium dioxide - silicon nitride nanocomposites as high temperature, corrosion resistant thermal barrier coatings for turbine engine components. The novel nanocomposite coatings would consist of zirconium dioxide nanoparticles encapsulated with innovative polysilazane copolymers designed to complex / disperse the nanoparticles, afford exceptional adhesion to metallic substrates, and transition to high performance silicon nitride matrices with exceptional thermomechanical properties. NanoSonic researchers believe its polysilazane - zirconium oxide complexes afford a unique alternative to the current state-of-the-art EB-PVD zirconia coatings as they may be pyrolyzed to low density ceramic coatings with 1) enhanced adhesion to metallic substrates (potentially displacing commonly employed alumina bond coats lines), 2) greater strain tolerances to limit unwanted spalling, 3) enhanced high temperature corrosion and oxidation resistance (1000 - 2000 C), 4) improved wear resistance / fracture toughness, and 5) reduced thermal conductivities. During Phase I of the program, researchers at NanoSonic would work to synthesize a family of polysilazane- zirconium oxide nanoparticle complexes, deposit the nanocomposite resins on metallic substrates using spray or solution cast techniques, convert the polysilazane copolymers to high performance silicon nitride matrices, and evaluate nanocomposite corrosion performance.

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