New Generation Hybrid Carbon/Ceramic Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0136
Agency Tracking Number: F054-023-0293
Amount: $749,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-T023
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORPORATION
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.
 11200 Southwest St.
Miami, FL, 33199
 (305) 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 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 provide unprecedented performance for next generation wear resistant 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. This CNT enabled composite technology provides performance attributes that are beyond current technology. In the Phase I program, we successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed approach through small-scale fabrication and evaluation. In Phase II, we will optimize and scale up the fabrication process of the proposed nano-composite to achieve unprecedented performance at low cost. The anticipated scaled process includes multi-kilogram/batch powder synthesis capability and up to 75mm in diameter fabricated part size.

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