Novel Graphene Mg Nanocomposite for High Strength and Lightweight Structural Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number: A102-053-0925
Amount: $69,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-053
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 832627868
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Esq.
 (716) 560-1507
Business Contact
 Robert Esq.
Title: CEO
Phone: (716) 560-1507
Research Institution
Mg alloys such as AZ31 are attractive for military armor applications, because of their strength to weight ratio, and ease of machining. Research has shown that reduction of grain sizes below 100 nm can result in an increase in material performance, and strength. However Mg nano-particles can be dangerous to process, as a result of their pyrophoric nature, and very sensitive to corrosion and oxidation. By using a unique synthesis technique, GDL will combine graphene nano-particles with Mg nano-particles in a chemical solution phase method. This method will strengthen the resulting nanocomposite and increase corrosion resistance of the nano-Mg. This novel nanocomposite will have the advantages of being lighter than aluminum alloys, while having as high or higher strength, without the normal vulnerabilities and dangers of Mg processing. It will also lower the cost of production using Spark Plasma Sintering to produce near net shapes directly from powder. As a result particle sizes can be reduced and keep below 100 nm in diameter, and tensile strength should be increased well over 300 MPa g-1 cm3 while also increasing ductility.

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