SBIR Phase I: Low-Cost Metal Foams Produced by Novel Manufacturing Technique

Period of Performance: 01/01/2004 - 12/31/2004

$99.9K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

SOMMER MATERIALS RESEARCH, INC.
587 North Main Street
North Salt Lake, UT 84054
Principal Investigator

Abstract

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I will develop a novel method to fabricate low-cost foamed aluminum materials that will exhibit high-energy absorption capability, high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios. There has been a significant interest in porous metal foams for use in the automotive, marine, and aerospace industries. Most methods of producing the metal foams are quite expensive and cannot be easily scaled up to mass production. Commercially available foamed materials are sometimes difficult to machine or to join because of the presence of abrasive ceramic particles within the metal matrix required for the foaming process. This