New Generation Hybrid Carbon/Ceramic Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0126
Agency Tracking Number: F054-023-0293
Amount: $99,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF05-T023
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 004841644
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 VP of Technology
 (781) 935-1200
 jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: 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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