Protective Coatings for Containment of Liquid Metal Combustion

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
18225
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ultramet
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert H. Tuffias, Ph.d.
(818) 899-0236
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy is developing liquid metal combustion as the power source for the propulsion systems of several advanced underwater vehicles. Parts made from Hastelloy alloy are used to contain the liquid metal reaction. This environment is extremely hostile: molten lithium at 2OOO-3OOOF causing corrosion, erosion, and/or melting of the Hastelloy alloy, and often failure. In this Phase I program, Ultramet proposes to apply innovative materials and processing to demonstrate the viability of coatings for the protection of Hastelloy alloys from the effects of molten lithium at 2OOO-3OOOF. The overall goal of the program is to extend the operating range and survivability of advanced underwater vehicles powered by liquid metal combustion. To ensure success, Ultramet has teamed with the Garrett Fluid Systems Division (GFSD) of Allied-Signal Corp., a leader in liquid metal combustion engines.

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