SELF-LUBRICATING DIAMOND-LIKE COATINGS BY A SIMULTANEOUS SPUTTER DEPOSITION/ION IMPLANTATION PROCESS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2126
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corp.
Patriots Park, Bedford, MA, 01730
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Piran Sioshansi
 (617) 275-6000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE USE OF ION BEAMS AS A MEANS OF ENHANCING THE PROPERTIES OF DEPOSITED THIN FILMS HAS ATTRACTED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGETICALLY-ENHANCED ION DEPOSITION TECHNIQUES IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN A NEW GENERATION OF EXOTIC COATINGS WITH NEAR-THEORETICAL DENSITIES, VERY HIGH HARDNESS, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, A CAPACITY OF SELF-LUBRICATION. SPIRE CORPORATION PROPOSES TO DEVELOP A SIMULTANEOUS SPUTTER-COATING ION IMPLANTATION TECHNIQUE FOR CREATION OF DIAMOND-LIKE THIN FILMS WITH EXCELLENT ADHESION AND PARAMETERS CLOSE TO THOSE OF THE BULK MATERIAL. IN THIS APPROACH A THIN LAYER OF MATERIAL (FOR EXAMPLE, BORON), IS ION-SPUTTERED ONTO A SURFACE THAT IS CONCURRENTLY IMPLANTED WITH A STEADY BEAM OF IONS (FOR EXPAMPLE, NITROGEN). THE COATINGS SYNTHESIZED BY THIS TECHNIQUE (FOR EXAMPLE, I-BN) ARE EXPECTED TO BE HARD AND WEAR-RESISTANT BUT TO TRANSFORM TO A SELF-LUBRICATING FORM UNDER LOAD. THIS NOVEL TECHNIQUE IS EXPECTED TO BE USEFUL FOR DEPOSITION OF DIAMOND-LIKE COATINGS SUCH AS I-CARBON AND I-BORON NITRIDE, AND ALOS SUCH REFRACTORY MATERIAS AD B4C, TIN, TIC AND TIB2.

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