Closed Field Unbalanced Magnetron Barrel Sputtering: Unique Performance Coatings for FACTS Parts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28286
Amount: $78,845.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1995
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Technology Assessment &
133 Defense Highway Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. David Crowther
 (301) 261-8373
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Research Institution
Environmentally friendly coating substitutes for electroplated Cr and CD parts is a continuing need for government and industrial manufacturing operations. TA&T proposes a new approach CLOSED FIELD UNBALANCED MAGNETRON BARREL CO-SPUTTERING - that promises high density, adherent and corrosion resistant coatings with tailorable friction and wear properties for FACTS type components. This proposal outlines a systematic plan to demonstrate the feasibility of novel, co-sputtered coatings for corrosion and wear applications. A resistor drum coater will be upgraded to a confocal closed field magnetron configuration to allow uniform deposition of high quality co-sputtered coatings. Two types of material systems will be deposited, optimized and tested; A1-Mg on aircraft fasteners and B4C-Cr on bearing balls. Feedback from these tests and post test compositional and microstructural analysis will provide guidance for co-sputtering compositional and processing refinements in Phase II.

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