ACTIVATED METAL DECOY FOR LOW IR SIGNATURE AIRCRAFT

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 12199
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
100 Locke Rd, Wilmington, DE, 19809
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David P Dillard
 (302) 762-8900
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
ACTIVATED STEEL FOIL FABRICATED INTO ELEMENTS TO BE PACKAGED AS EXPENDABLE DECOYS HAS SHOWN GOOD PERFORMANCE IN LOW IR SIGNATURE APPLICATIONS. THE PRESENT BATCH PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR THESE FOILS ENTAILS, IN PART, TWENTY HOURS OF FURNACE TREATMENT. A COMBINATION OF NINE SEPARATE OPERATIONS, LOW PRODUCTION RATES AND HIGH LABOR COSTS YIELDS A UNIT MANUFACTURING COST OF MORE THAN $250.00. WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING ACTIVATED METAL BY A TIME, ELIMINATE SUCH HANDLING LABOR AND INCREASE THE PRODUCTION RATE TO MEET THE 5000 UNIT/MONTH PROGRAM REQUIREMENT AT A UNIT COST OF APPROXIMATELY $50. THE NEW TECHNIQUE INVOLVES THE APPLICATION OF A SLURRY COAT OF A DISPERSION OF METAL PRATICLES ON A CLEAN FOIL SURFACE FOLLOWED BY HEATING. THIS PROMOTES A HIGH TEMPERATURE SYNTHESIS REACTION (SHS) BETWEEN THE METAL PARTICLES, AND FORMS, WITHIN TEN (10) SECONDS, AN INSITU INTERMETALLIC COATING ON THE STEEL SURFACE. SUBSEQUENT SELECTIVE LEACHING PROVIDES THE CHARACTERISTICS SELF-IGNITING ACTIVATEDMETAL SURFACE. INDIVIDUAL STRIPS OF 1-MIL STEEL FOIL HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROCESSED BY THIS TECHNIQUE. ELEMENTS CUT FROM THIS STRIP DISPLAYED IR OUTPUTS COMPARABLE TO ELEMENTS PRODUCED BY THE OLD PROCEDURE.

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