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Microplasma Vaporization Technology for Novel Magnesium Alloys and Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-14-P-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A14A-007-0030
Amount: $149,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A14A-T007
Solicitation Number: 2014.A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-08-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-02-10
Small Business Information
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX, -
DUNS: 184758308
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sanil John
 Scientist II
 (979) 764-2200
Business Contact
 Candice Eaton
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (979) 764-2218
Research Institution
 Texas A&M University
 Heather Henry
 400 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy S
Suite 300
College Station, TX, 77845-4375
 (979) 847-2200
 Nonprofit college or university
The use of novel magnesium materials with desirable properties can provide significant weight reduction and improved fuel economy in military, automobile, and aerospace applications. The proposed project aims to develop a microplasma discharge based magnesium vaporization process for manufacturing of novel magnesium alloys and composites. The method utilizes operation of a microplasma discharge in a regime that provides localized superficial heating for efficient magnesium vapor production. Excessively high temperatures and large cooling requirements associated with conventional thermal plasma processes can be avoided. The effect of various operating parameters will be carefully studied and a scalable prototype device will be developed, to demonstrate efficient production of magnesium vapor. Additionally, based on advanced characterization of magnesium particles produced by the microplasma process and a systematic study of structure property-relationships for the magnesium system, alloys or composites that cannot be made by conventional processes will be selected as the candidate material for development. A preliminary process design, energy calculation, and cost estimation will be performed for manufacturing of the selected material at a suitable scale. Thus the development technical and economic feasibility for manufacturing of magnesium-based material via the microplasma vaporization process will be demonstrated.

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