Meta-Structured Cements for Chrome Replacement

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EP-D-06-053
Agency Tracking Number: EP-D-06-053
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Powdermet, Inc.
24112 Rockwell Dr, Euclid, OH, 44117
Duns: 175863463
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Garrett
 Research Scientist
 (216) 404-9953
 wrgarrett@poswermetinc.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: President
Phone: (216) 404-0053
Email: ajsherman@powdermeting.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Phase I SBIR program¿s objectives are to demonstrate producing potentially very low cost nano/meta-structured thermal spray powders using recycled scrap tools or very low cost ceramic powders and to demonstrate superior materials properties of the meta-structured coating when applied using thermal spray. The result would be a new class of very low cost, nano structured cerment coatings that can displace chrome and cadmium plating for controlling metal corrosion and wear. A successful Phase I outcome would develop a commercial market for scrap ceramic tool materials and would provide a completely non-hazardous replacement for chrome plating. It also would eliminate pollution caused by surface preparation techniques that are currently use in thermal spray. The proposed program is designed to replace toxic chrome plating, due to new regulatory limits on exposure to hexavalent chrome and disposal costs associated with chrome use. The primary commercial market lies in heavy equipment and automotive applications, including hard chrome replacement on hydraulic cylinder, bulldozer blades, ball and needle valve seats, motor shafts, mining drill bits and mining equipment. Other potential industrial machinery applications also exist.

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