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Scalable High Strength Spinel Reconnaissance Window Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-15-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: N132-125-0874
Amount: $599,987.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N132-125
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-18
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
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: Senior Scientist
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution

The Navy has critical and enabling needs for large, strong transparent windows for electro-optical sensor applications on surface vessels, subsurface vessels and airborne systems that are currently beyond the state-of-the art. The hardness, erosion resistance, and broadband transparency of transparent spinel coupled with large size manufacturing capability makes it a leading candidate albeit its relatively modest strength. A systematic approach for significant strength enhancement of spinel windows with a high probability of success is described in depth. Tradeoffs between the proposed methods include magnitude of strength enhancement, optical properties, ease of fabrication and cost. A clear path to rapid scalability and production of 28" x 30" x 0.6" spinel windows and larger with minimal investment is outlined.

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