Cast Encapsulation of Unfinished Ceramic Armor Tiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4768
Amount: $472,859.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-063
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
57640 North Eleventh St., Calumet, MI, 49913
DUNS: 829921134
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Josh Ph.D.
 (906) 337-3018
Business Contact
 Adam Ph.D.
Title: Vice President
Phone: (906) 337-3018
Research Institution
REL has demonstrated that Squeeze Casting a is viable process for encapsulation of ceramic tiles for Warfighter protection systems. The SBIR Phase 1 has demonstrated that squeeze cast encapsulation can offer the following process attributes: a. Use of low tolerance as-pressed tiles, b. Control of gap sizes between tiles in cast panels, c. Ability to use multiple matrix light metal alloys for the encapsulation of multiple tiles, d. Scaleable to large panel sizes, as well as, e. Cost Effective processing solution. The use of unfinished as-pressed tiles eliminates an expensive finish machining process for SiC tiles. The tile gap control in multiple matrix alloys can be controlled by the REL designed pick and place die transfer tool. Specific matrix alloys chosen for this work are commercially pure Al and 5083. The 2 foot square nominal panel size for phase one is capable to be expanded to the larger 3 foot square nominal panel size for SBIR Phase 2 in the current press located at REL. The Squeeze Casting process of the encapsulation panels can be performed with processing times that are similar to die cast cycle times. More optimization should be performed to determine optimal Manufacturing cell design.

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