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Nanograin Ceramic Optical Composite Window

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0230
Agency Tracking Number: N045-008-0391
Amount: $69,911.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T008
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-04-30
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Anthony DiGiovanni
 Spinel Program Manager
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
 Lehigh University
 Helen Chan
Whitaker Lab, 5 E. Packer Ave
Bethlehem, PA 18015
United States

 (610) 758-5554
 Nonprofit College or University

A high-strength low-cost alternative to single-crystal sapphire is required to meet the increased performance demands of the Navy's next-generation E/O applications. Technology Assessment & Transfer is the leading supplier of polycrystalline transparent spinel ceramics. Spinel, with a hardness that is slightly lower than that of sapphire and a lower strength (350 MPa vs. 750 MPa), has the benefits of being cubic, polycrystalline, and possessing a slight increase in transmission over sapphire in the MWIR. Although the monolithic values of strength are lower than that of sapphire, in opaque systems such as alumina, toughness, strength, and hardness were found to nearly triple over the single phase values with additions of SiC. Similar gains in strength values for spinel can be realized through the successful fabrication of a transparent nanocomposite and would equal if not eclipse that of sapphire. Using the well researched systems containing phases of alumina, silicon carbide, and zirconia, nanocomposites will be fabricated to achieve peak transparency in the MWIR. After characterizing the mechanisms and microstructure for the initial material, process refinements will attempt to achieve visible transparency in the Phase I option and Phase II efforts.

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