Development of New Processes for the Refurbishment of Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Germanium (Ge) Domes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0044
Agency Tracking Number: N122-111-0746
Amount: $749,982.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N122-111
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Surmet Corporation
31 B Street, Burlington, MA, 01803
DUNS: 150685642
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lee Goldman
 VP and CTO-Optical Cerami
 (781) 345-5777
Business Contact
 Santosh Jha
Title: Director (R&D)
Phone: (781) 345-5721
Research Institution
Surmet is developing processes to evaluate the environmental damage to Ge IRST domes, and then refurbish those that can be fixed, at a fraction of the purchase price. These processes are predicated on Surmets ability to strip the DLC from current domes, and subsequently deposit thick durable coatings which effectively repair the environmentally damaged surfaces with a minimum of fabrication required. The fundamentals of these processes were demonstrated during the Phase I effort, and will now be expanded and scaled up as a part of the proposed Phase I option and Phase II programs. This will include the establishment/documentation of a process to evaluate these domes, and then categorize them based upon the extent of damage and type of refurbishment required. At the conclusion of the effort, the evaluation and refurbishment processes themselves will be summarize and documented, and then demonstrated on an actual IRST dome provided to Surmet by its government contract monitor. This could then be followed up with a Phase III effort, in which Surmet would establish a manufacturing capability for refurbishing damaged domes from the field at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new ones.

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