Heaters for Electron Guns

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-13-P-4548
Agency Tracking Number: N131-023-0453
Amount: $79,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: N131-023
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
2900 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, -
DUNS: 013017947
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jennifer Hwu
 (801) 975-7399
Business Contact
 Larry Sadwick
Title: CTO
Phone: (801) 975-7399
Email: sadwick@innosystech.com
Research Institution
The need for wire that is able to be heated up to high temperatures span a very large and diverse number applications and fields of use from everday consumer applications to advanced military and industrial applications. Some of these applications require heater wire that operate at very high temperatures. There are still a number of military and defense systems that use vacuum tubes/electronics. For example, some of the typical vacuum electronic devices (VEDs) that produce the electron beams. The Navy is using rhenium-tungsten (abbreviated Re-W or W-Re) heater wire in existing vacuum tube technologies to heat the cathodes of the electron guns. Domestic manufacturing sources for this type of heater wire are decreasing causing a continual increase in the costs to both government and industry to manufacture and purchase the wire. Various factors combine to create the diminishing manufacturing base. To address this need for a replacement heater wire/heater assembly for this Navy SBIR program, we propose two approaches for replacing the traditional and conventional method of W-Re heater wire fabrication. These two innovative approaches provide highly efficient precise, cost-effective heater solutions for cathodes for VEDs provide equivalent or enhanced performance at lower cost and are amenable to automated manufacturing.

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