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Slip Cast Spinel for Near-net Shaped Conformal Sensor Window Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-16-C-0009
Agency Tracking Number: N152-104-0481
Amount: $79,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N152-104
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-10-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-04-27
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Kutsch
 Senior Research Engineer/
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Ferenbacher
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution

Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. (TA&T) proposes a slip casting process to manufacture near-net shaped conformal spinel electro-optic windows. Slip casting is a wet process that enables fabrication of very homogeneous and high green density components. A homogeneous green structure creates very predictable shrinkage characteristics which are desirable for near-net shape manufacturing of complex curved, conformal windows. During this Phase I program, TA&T will demonstrate the feasibility of this approach by fabricating two toroid shaped spinel optical blanks which meet predetermined dimensional measurements. These samples will be cored to characterize the optical properties in the visible and mid-IR wavelengths.

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