Metal Oxide Nanopowders for the Production of Transparent Windows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-07-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number: F074-009-0041
Amount: $99,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF07-T009
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
UES, INC.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kristin Keller
 Research Scientist
 (937) 426-6900
 kkeller@ues.com
Business Contact
 Francis Williams
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Email: fwilliams@ues.com
Research Institution
 THE UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
 Thomas W Zdeba
 Div. of Research Dev. & Admin.
3003 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1274
 (734) 936-1292
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This STTR Phase I program is focused on evaluating both fine-grained alpha-alumina and polycrystalline YAG materials for utilization as visible and UV-transparent windows in advanced propulsion systems. These applications require improved window materials that provide for higher temperatures and pressures, along with low energy losses and lower weight; both fine grained alumina and ceramic YAG have the potential to meet these demands. High purity nanosized alpha-alumina and YAG powders will be produced and consolidated into transparent samples using proven techniques. These materials will be characterized and evaluated in terms of their applicability in advanced propulsion systems. In the Phase II program, the work will be directed at further refinement and improvement of the material properties, scaling up of the powder production processes and continued evaluation of the material properties, including the high temperature stability, corrosion resistance and irradiation response.

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