Advanced Rail Materials for Electromagnetic Launchers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,888.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0209
Award Id:
98533
Agency Tracking Number:
N101-086-1980
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10-086
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2763 Culver Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45429
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
053184776
Principal Investigator:
David Bauer
Vice President
(937) 297-3152
dave.bauer@iap.com
Business Contact:
John Barber
President
(937) 296-1806
john.barber@iap.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Erosion of copper rail surfaces in EM launchers is a major impediment to their development. Subscale testing at IAP has shown that thin high temperature bore layers such as Tantalum and other refractory metals offer significant protection against erosion. The focus of this Phase I effort is to establish the feasibility of using laser cladding and cold spray technologies to apply high temperature erosion resistant coatings to rail surfaces. These coating technologies are attractive in that they offer the ability to place high hardness low porosity coatings onto low electrical loss copper rail substrates. In addition both processes have the potential to readily scaled to the lengths required for future launcher designs (> 10 m).

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