Amorphous Metals for Penetrator Noses and Cases

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-12-P-0004
Agency Tracking Number: T111-003-0032
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA111-003
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
2541 Appletree Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, -
DUNS: 175305841
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ed Yokley
 Principal Investigator
 (954) 328-3880
Business Contact
 Robert Heard
Title: President
Phone: (412) 638-1140
Research Institution
An amorphous metal matrix composite, consisting of a Ni-W (nickel-tungsten) amorphous matrix with second phase hard ceramic WC (tungsten-carbide) particles is proposed as an new class of metallic glass material. By leveraging Integran Technology USA"s expertise in the synthesis of nanocrystalline metals, alloys and composites, an electroforming process will be developed to produce NiW-WC: a novel alloy engineered to possess mechanical properties tailored for ballistic applications. The proposed process to synthesize and form amorphous metals by electroforming, which is based upon electrodeposition, has several advantages such as: (i) dimensional consistency and superior surface finish (in particular complex interior configurations), (ii) fully dense material - free of cracks or porosity, (iii) allows for the use of existing electroplating infrastructure within the defense sector and (iv) affords the ability to tailor material composition and microstructure by controlling electrolyte composition, temperature, fluid flow field and electrical parameters in the process. It is believe that these strong processing attributes will significantly reduce the time and cost to practical implementation.

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