STTR Phase I: Novel Corrosion Inhibiting Inorganic Coatings for Magnesium Alloys

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0419282
Agency Tracking Number: 0419282
Amount: $95,385.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Terrasimco Incorporated
1016 Bedington Rd, Martinsburg, WV, 25401
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Walter Simmons
 PI
 (304) 274-2058
 wsimmons@terrasimco.com
Business Contact
 Walter Simmons
Phone: (304) 274-2058
Email: wsimmons@terrasimco.com
Research Institution
 Duke University
 Franklin Cocks
 334 North Building
Durham, NC, 27708
 (919) 660-5297
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
his Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is concerned with the development of a radically new class of molten-salt produced anodized coatings for the advanced corrosion protection of magnesium alloys. More specifically, this proposed work will develop the electrochemical basis and technical effectiveness of this new class of recently discovered inorganic coatings. These new coatings are producible via low temperature non-aqueous molten-salt electrolytes and will contribute toward increasing magnesium alloy usage as part of the national effort (United Sates Automotive Materials Partnership) to reduce vehicle weight and increase vehicle mileage. Corrosion of magnesium is an important problem in its industrial use especially in the transportation industry. The discovery of a new class of inorganic anti-corrosion coatings presents an opportunity for significant improvement in corrosion protection for magnesium. The potential applications of this research include coatings for aeronautical as well as vehicular magnesium engineering components and devices. Additionally the electrolytes used to prepare this new class of coatings are environmentally benign and do not have the waste disposal problems associated with currently used coatings.

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