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Computational Design of Aluminum Alloys for Use in Additive Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-15-C-0158
Agency Tracking Number: N141-062-0417
Amount: $1,571,220.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N141-062
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-28
Small Business Information
1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 088176961
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Sebastian
 Manager of Technology and
 (847) 425-8227
Business Contact
 Raymond Genellie
Title: Program Officer Sea-Based Aviation
Phone: (847) 425-8211
Research Institution
In this Phase II SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations, a leader in the field of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME), proposes to design and develop new aluminum alloys tailored for the unique processing conditions and challenges of Additive Manufacturing (AM) processing. QuesTek is uniquely suited to rapidly designing new aluminum alloys specifically optimized for AM processing using its advanced Materials by Design stage-gate alloy development process, which is based upon computationally-implemented mechanistic models to predict process-structure and structure-property relationships. QuesTek is partnering with Bell Helicopter to define material property objectives and processing constraints for helicopter drive system gear box components, and Stratasys Direct Manufacturing (SDM, formerly Harvest Technologies, and a leader in DMLS technologies). QuesTeks partnership provides a close partnership between material designer (QuesTek), AM manufacturer (SDM) and OEM user (Bell). During the Phase I, QuesTek designed a series of new alloys using computational models to target critical design parameters, and fabricated a down-selected concept into powder for DMLS experimentation and coupon-scale evaluation. QuesTeks new alloy demonstrated feasibility of optimizing a new chemistry for AM processing. In Phase II, detailed alloy designs will be executed to yield an alloy that satisfies the total design criteria, and scale evaluation to component-level demonstration.

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