Cobalt-Free Environmentally Green Process to Produce Fine Grained WC

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,925.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-13-C-0106
Agency Tracking Number:
O12B-T07-2018
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD12-T07
Solicitation Number:
2012.B
Small Business Information
Thor Technologies, Inc.
3013 Aztec Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
099725108
Principal Investigator:
George Jacobsen
Senior Scientist
(505) 830-6986
gmjacobsen@thortech.biz
Business Contact:
Larry Kepley
President
(505) 573-9908
ljkepley@thortech.biz
Research Institution:
Southern Research Institute
Andy Cain
2000 Ninth Avenue South
P.O. Box 55305
Birmingham, NM, 35205-5305
(205) 581-2809
Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
The proposed work will result in a method for production of dense, hard, tough, strong tungten carbide (WC) ceramic material for ultimate use as the penetrating core in armor piercing projectiles. Focus is on the development and feasibility of a titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2) based matrix as a replacement for cobalt based materials currently used. Ti3SiC2 is a so called ductile ceramic which shows improved fracture toughness compared to most ceramic materials. Sintering agents to fuse the WC into a dense hard monoliths, including TiSi2, Ni, and/or ZrB2, will be utilized in dopant levels. Grain inhibitors, preceramic polymers, microwave processing, and other means of microstructure control will be utilized to keep grain size<1 um in the fully densified composite. Ceramic rods of this next generation WC material will be fabricated and hardness, density, and fracture toughness of the resulting ceramic measured.

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