SBIR Phase I: Novel Micro-Arc Oxidation Method for Applying Wear-Resistant Ceramic Coatings on Lightweight Metals

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,945.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0637323
Agency Tracking Number:
0637323
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Sommer Materials Research, Inc.
587 NORTH MAIN STREET, Suite 400, North Salt Lake, UT, 84054
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101426141
Principal Investigator:
Jared Sommer
PhD
(801) 397-2000
jsommer@alum.mit.edu
Business Contact:
Jared Sommer
PhD
(801) 397-2000
jsommer@alum.mit.edu
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) Phase I project offers a novel approach for producing a hard, uniform coating on the surface of lightweight aluminum. The technique uses a modified ""micro-arc"" approach for applying protective ceramic coatings that are much more uniform, denser and harder than conventional micro-arc approaches. This will increase the mechanical reliability, dimensional predictability, and wear-resistance of aluminum. The surface-treated aluminum can be used as a replacement for heavier steel in various applications. In a broader scope, novel methods are needed to produce adherent, wear-resistant oxide coatings on the surface of the aluminum alloys and other types of metals. The coating will find use in a wide variety of commercial applications involving the aerospace, defense, automotive, marine, medical, electronic, chemical, hydraulic/pneumatic, and textile industries. This novel surface modification approach will create a durable uniform coating that will exhibit high hardness, wear resistance, corrosion resistance and electrical resistance.

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