New Generation Hybrid Carbon/Ceramic Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,938.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-05-C-0126
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-023-0293
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-T023
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Jack Salerno
VP of Technology
(781) 935-1200
jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Mary Davoli
Contract Administrator
(781) 935-1200
maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution:
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIV.
SUSAN WEBSTER
11200 Southwest St.
Miami, FL, 33199
(304) 348-2494
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Based on in-depth experience with advanced optical ceramics, nano-particle coating, nanoceramic sintering and superplasticity deformation, in this program, AGILTRON Inc. and Florida International University, and University of California at Davis propose to develop next generation airframe and engine materials made of CNT/alumina nano-composites. The proposed approach uniquely combines low-cost and potentially large scale technology of in situ CNT growth on nano-particles and low temperature, short duration spark plasma sintering. This nanocomposite may represent an unprecedented opportunity for next generation IR window material because of its CNT-enabled high superplasticity, nano-enhanced mechanical strength, hardness and toughness, and intrinsic chemical and environmental stability. Due to the high strain rate superplasticity of the proposed composite, direct-shape engine components can be made through superplastic deformation at a relative low cost. The CNT enabled composite technology is promising to provide performance attributes that are beyond current technology. In this program, we anticipate to demonstrate drastic improvements in cost, size, thermal mechanical performance, and superplasticity, which have not been attainable before. The approach¡_s feasibility will be demonstrated in Phase I.

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