High Strength, Optical Quality Spinel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-12-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: N102-163-1392
Amount: $749,779.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: N102-163
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
P. O. Box 278, Hopkinton, MA, -
DUNS: 150936917
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Parish
 Technical Director
 (508) 460-0300
Business Contact
 Marina Pascucci
Title: President
Phone: (508) 460-0300
Email: mpascucci@ceranova.com
Research Institution
Optical quality polycrystalline spinel (MgAl2O4) has been sought as a visible and infrared-transmitting material since the 1960s. Applications for its potential usage include transparent armor and durable sensor windows and domes. Though gains have been made in the optical quality of transparent spinel materials, the Navy"s requirements in the near future are not meet by current spinel materials principally due to low strength. This program builds on CeraNova"s Phase I success in developing fine grain, highly transparent, high strength (greater than 400MPa) spinel. The material was developed with a more economical, scalable process than currently used to produce windows as large as 40cm by 40cm or larger.

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