Enhanced High Volume Reinforced Al/SiC Metal Matrix Composites

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0132166
Agency Tracking Number: 0132166
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9960 Glenoaks Blvd, unit A, NULL, Sun Valley, CA, 91352
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dean Baker
 (818) 768-6420
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: President
Phone: () -
Email: powdermet@earthlink.net
Research Institution
 U of Cal Davis
 Enrique Lavernia
 Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616
 (530) 752-0554
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project will develop advanced, nano-engineered thermal spray powders for producing composite coatings with revolutionary enhancements in performance. The Phase I project demonstrated the production of high volume reinforced (25-65 wt % SiC) aluminum and nickel matrix composite materials using CVD fluid bed coated powders and low cost consolidation techniques. Dramatic increases in flexure strength and modulus were achieved, with results showing greater than 5% (80% increase) ductility and a 600% increase in flexural strength compared to current metal matrix composite state of the art. A greater understanding of the nano-engineered particles being produced, and the relationship between nano-structural features and the resulting mechanical property improvements will be developed leading to repeatable, predictable performance and application to additional composite and coatings systems.

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