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Bulk Nano-structured Materials for Turbomachinery Components

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CC60P
Agency Tracking Number: 154828
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
1739 North Case Street
Orange, CA 92865-4211
United States
DUNS: 621604128
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Edward Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 283-2118
Business Contact
 Edward Chen
Title: Business Official
Phone: (714) 283-2118
Research Institution

This SBIR Phase I effort seeks to exploit some of the tremendous benefits that could be attained from a revolutionary new approach to grain refinement in bulk metals. Specifically, preforms of high temperature Ni-base superalloys will be produced in this work with fine grain (FG) to ultra fine grain (UFG) micro-/nano-structures for higher strength. Despite their excellent corrosion resistance and ability to retain strength under extreme operating conditions, the relatively low strength of IN625 and Monel 400 have prevented their more widespread use. Thus, grain refinement methods that incorporate severe plastic deformation (SPD) offer the opportunity to increase the strength of these alloys. Most SPD work to date, however, have only been successfully performed on small, laboratory scale samples given the special (expensive) tools and high pressures needed.. Thus, the present work will demonstrate a new, production level grain refinement technology to produce microstructurally enhanced IN625 and Monel 400 material with higher strength capability for in-space propulsion applications.

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