SBIR Phase I: Multi-Functional Materials for Multiple Applications

Period of Performance: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

1688 Sierra Madre Circle
Placentia, CA 92870
Principal Investigator


This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop low cost, high-temperature materials which are lighter than titanium, with added corrosion and other functional benefits for targeted industrial applications. This program will utilize a combination of new nanostructured materials with spark plasma sintering (SPS) processing techniques to provide lightweight, multifunctional composite materials with highly tailorable properties (modulus, corrosion resistance, coefficient of thermal expansion, conductivity, etc.) for various specialized industrial components and applications. For oil and gas exploration, as the drilling depths become greater and greater, weight is more important than ever. A reduction in the weight of key components provides important cost and performance advantages when considering the energy required to move and rotate materials at extreme depths. The new techniques which will be developed will allow the synthesis of advanced materials into useful net shape parts with engineered properties. The creation of these materials will enable end users to obtain higher strength and modulus to weight ratios than ever before.