New Generation Hybrid Carbon/Ceramic Nanocomposites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,960.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA9550-06-C-0136
Agency Tracking Number:
F054-023-0293
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AGILTRON CORP.
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
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.

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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