WHISKER-REINFORCED CERAMIC CUTTING TOOL FOR TITANIUM AND TITANIUM ALLOYS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9421
Amount: $53,610.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Po Box 23556 - 118 Sherlake Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37933
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert H Krabill
 (615) 691-1804
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
BASED UPON THERMODYNAMIC DATA AND EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS, AMI HAS DETERMINED THAT ZIRCONIUM DIBORIDE IS ONE OF THE FEW CERAMIC MATERIALS THAT IS CHEMICALLY COMPATIBLE WITH TITANIUM METAL AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURES. THEREFORE, THIS CERAMIC MATERIAL, REINFORCED WITH SUITABLE CERAMIC WHISKERS, SHOULD BE AN IDEAL CANDIDATE TO REPLACE TUNGSTEN CARBIDE AS A MACHINE TOOL INSERT FOR MACHINING TITANIUM ALLOYS. AMI WOULD USE ITS EXPERIENCE IN WHISKER-REINFORCED CERAMIC COMPOSITES AND ITS UNIQUE LABORATORY FACILITIES TO OPTIMIZE A WHISKER-REINFORCED ZIRCONIUM DIBORIDE COMPOSITE FOR THIS PURPOSE. THE DEVELOPMENT EFFORT WOULD INCLUDE MATERIAL SELECTION, COMPOSITE PREPARATION, COMPOSITE EVALUATION, MACHINING TESTS, AND POST-MACHINING COMPOSITE ANALYSIS. SUCCESS OF THIS PROJECT WOULD RESULT IN A SIGNIFICIANT REDUCTION IN THE COST OF MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS.

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