Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Lightweight, Low Cost Seeker Gimbals

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number: A102-127-1979
Amount: $67,853.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: A10-127
Solitcitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Integran Technologies USA Inc.
2541 Appletree Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, 15241
Duns: 175305841
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Yokley
 Principal Investigator
 (954) 328-3880
Business Contact
 Robert Heard
Title: President
Phone: (412) 638-1140
Research Institution
Integran Technologies USA, Inc. (Integran USA) is pleased to provide this proposal in response to the Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Request for Proposal (RFP) “A10-127: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Lightweight, Low Cost Seeker Gimbals”, to investigate the use of novel nanometal/polymer hybrids as lightweight, low cost alternatives to the materials used in conventional gimbal assemblies. By combining low cost, injection molded polymer substrates with high strength nanocrystalline metals coatings, new hybrid materials are created that exhibit strength and stiffness comparable to that of lightweight metals such as aluminum or magnesium, while maintaining densities comparable to those of plastics. Injection molding the substrate will allow for signification cost savings compared to machining or die casing and can still allow for intricately designed parts. This project will investigate the use of nanometal/polymer hybrid materials as lightweight and low cost alternatives to conventional materials for seeker gimbal assemblies. Phase I efforts will focus on selecting the optimal nanometal alloy and polymer combination and their respective volume fractions to yield the desired strength, stiffness, and thermal expansion requirements.

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