Scalable High Strength Spinel Reconnaissance Window Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,950.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-13-C-0165
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N132-125-0874
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
N132-125
Solicitation Number:
2013.2
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153908801
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Kutsch
Manager
(410) 987-1656
jkutsch@techassess.com
Business Contact:
Sharon Fehrenbacher
CEO
(410) 334-3710
sharon@techassess.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy has critical and enabling needs for large, strong transparent windows for electro-optical sensor applications on surface vessels, subsurface vessels and airborne systems that are currently beyond the state-of-the art. The hardness, erosion resistance, and broadband transparency of transparent spinel coupled with large size manufacturing capability makes it a leading candidate albeit its relatively modest strength. A systematic approach for significant strength enhancement of spinel windows with a high probability of success is described in depth. Tradeoffs between the proposed methods include magnitude of strength enhancement, optical properties, ease of fabrication and cost. A clear path to rapid scalability and production of 28"x 30"x 0.6"spinel windows and larger with minimal investment is outlined.

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