Meta-Structured Cermets for Chrome Replacement

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD06053
Agency Tracking Number: B05D3-0354
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 05-NCER-D3
Solicitation Number: PR-NC-05-10246
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2006-08-31
Small Business Information
24112 Rockwell Drive, Euclid, OH, 44117
DUNS: 175863463
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Garrett
 Research Scientist
 (216) 404-0053
Business Contact
 Andrew Sherman
Title: President
Phone: (216) 404-0053
Research Institution
The objectives of this Phase I project are to demonstrate the production of potentially very low-cost nano/metastructured thermal spray powders using recycled scrap tools or very low-cost ceramic powders and to demonstrate superior materials properties of the metastructured coating when applied using thermal spray. The result would be a new class of very low-cost, nanostructured cement coatings that can displace chrome and cadmium plating for controlling metal corrosion and wear. A successful Phase I outcome would develop a commercial market for scrap ceramic tool materials and would provide a completely nonhazardous replacement for chrome plating. It also would eliminate pollution caused by surface preparation techniques that are used currently in thermal spray. The proposed program is designed to replace toxic chrome plating, because of new regulatory limits on exposure to hexavalent chrome and disposal costs associated with chrome use. The primary commercial market lies in heavy equipment and automotive applications, including hard chrome replacement on hydraulic cylinder, bulldozer blades, ball and needle valve seats, motor shafts, mining drill bits, and mining equipment. Other potential industrial machinery applications also exist.

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