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Base Metal Electrode Capacitor Test Methods

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-15-C-7303
Agency Tracking Number: B14B-003-0001
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA14-T003
Solicitation Number: 2014.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-04-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-10-27
Small Business Information
PO Box 1341
Lexington, KY 40588-1341
United States
DUNS: 079511237
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Subhadarshi Nayak
 (480) 459-8777
Business Contact
 Subhadarshi Nayak
Title: PMO
Phone: (480) 459-8777
Research Institution
 Penn State University
 Heather Mann
123 Land & Water Research Bdg Office of Sponsored Programs
University Park, PA 16802
United States

 (814) 863-0458
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Miniaturized base metal electrodes (BME) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC) are of great interest for future missile applications as designers are striving to achieve smaller, lighter, cheaper, faster and better electronic assemblies without sacrificing long-term performance. Unfortunately, screening, reliability and qualifications criteria are either not available or not standardized. In the proposed STTR Phase I, FunDo Science, in collaboration with Penn State University, will investigate feasibility of a new way to implement voltage conditioning as an effective screening test. A test board-fixture assembly will then be developed that can be used for carrying out rapid and economic screening of 100% of COTS MLCCs. The test fixture will be designed for simultaneous testing of multiple capacitors, including capacitors with multiple sizes, rating and types. An improved realistic failure rate prediction model will be evaluated for surge current test (SCT) as a reliability indicator with respect to degradation mechanism initiated due to common manufacturing defects, namely cracks. The proposed test method and equipment will specifically evaluate the COTS parts suitability for military qualified established reliability (MIL-ER) applications. The test method and fixture will be evaluated for implementation in high volume manufacturing and standardization. Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8161 (11 March 15)

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