Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for High-Efficiency Functional Gradient Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-2638
Agency Tracking Number: F061-174-2307
Amount: $95,202.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-174
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
3911 Singer NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109
DUNS: 175348549
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marcus Johnson
 Senior Applications Engineer
 (651) 641-2852
Business Contact
 Jennifer Silva
Title: Accounting Manager
Phone: (505) 761-8250
Research Institution
The use of functionally-graded materials in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) can improve performance and reliability of the devices. However, cost effective and dependable manufacturing methods to achieve these functionally graded materials have been hard to come by. Optomec’s M3D technology is ideal for this application as materials can be perfectly mixed in an aerosol form before being deposited to form a homogeneous layer. By adjusting flow rates to the individual atomizer units, composition can be very accurately controlled. In addition, M3D provides excellent spatial control mechanisms for material deposition; these can be utilized to introduce synthetic porosity thereby improving transport of gasses to and from the electrolyte region.

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