Awards

$80K

High Temperature Material Coatings

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N132-146
Budget: 02/11/14 - 08/11/14
PI: Emmanual Boakye

Hf-based thick refractory coatings will be developed on existing carbon substrates including C-C composites to improve its oxidation resistance at 3200-5000F. A wet-chemical synthesis approach to preparing HfB2¡VC mixtures will be used which lends itself ideally to control the HfB2¡VC mixtures and afford a graded coating with carbon rich inner-c...

$150K

Dimensional Restoration of Aircraft Components Damaged by Corrosion

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF131-190
Budget: 01/21/14 - 10/20/14
PI: Dr. Rabi S. Bhattacharva

ABSTRACT: Current methods for restoration of corrosion affected aircraft components in the Air Logistic Complex are in the need of process and equipment improvement. This proposal offers to perform research to identify and characterize aircraft components/areas requiring dimensional restoration and to identify restoration requirements. It also ...

$846K

High Temperature Unique Low Thermal Conductivity Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Architectures

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Pennsylvania State University, Applied Research Lab

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 27C-2014
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Amerendra Rai

Gas turbine engines utilized in electric power production and aircraft propulsion need to operate at higher temperatures for enhanced efficiency and lower emissions. Development of the proposed thermal barrier coating technology with unique architectural design will enable the operation of turbine engines at higher operating temperature.

$150K

Durable High Temperature Coatings for Utility Scale Gas Turbine Hot Gas Path Components

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Agency: Department of Energy
Topic: 14C-2014
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Dr. Amarendra K. Rai

For advanced gas turbines where turbine inlet temperature reaches 2650F and beyond, the current state-of-the-art thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems are not adequate to provide the needed protection for the metallic components of the turbine engine. Thus there is a need to develop new chemistries and architectures for TBC systems (both bond c...

$750K

Durable Solution for Compressor Airfoil Leading Edges in Gas Turbine Engines

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N121-039
Budget: 12/23/13 - 07/02/15
PI: Dr. Rabi S. Bhattacharva

Particle impacts cause erosion of leading edges of the compressor airfoils as well as the side or surface of the airfoil beyond the leading edge. Although erosion resistant coatings have been developed and applied on the airfoils during the past decade or two and that have protected the side or surface of the airfoil quite satisfactorily, the er...

$750K

A novel Approach for High Rate Production of IR to IR Up-converting Nano-particles

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF11-BT24
Budget: 11/19/13 - 11/19/15
PI: Dr. Amarendra K. Rai

ABSTRACT: Phosphor materials are currently being utilized in a wide variety of applications. The requirements for phosphors have become more and more stringent with smaller and smaller particles being required. In the Phase I program UES Inc. in collabora

$80K

Compact, Repetitive Pulsed Power Driver Design for Emerging High Power Radio Frequency Sources

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N132-129
Budget: 10/28/13 - 08/28/14
PI: Dr. Rabi S. Bhattacharva

The goal of this Phase I research is to demonstrate a scaleable pulse power modulator circuit with a resistive load, meeting scaleable voltage, current and peak power requirements for high power radio frequency (HPRF) source. Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based high gain Photoconductive Semiconductor Switches (PCSS) will be used for this demonstration...

$150K

Cell Analytics for Viability Experiments (CAVE (TM))

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Department of Health & Human Services
Topic: PA-12-088
Budget: 09/18/13 - 03/17/14
PI: Dr. Melanie M. Tomczak

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Measurements of cell viability (percentage live versus dead cells) may be used to evaluate: cellular damage due to toxins, the effect of infection, response to drugs, toxicity during early stages of drug development, the life of cancerous cells, the rejection of implanted organs, etc. There is a need to focus...

$150K

Frequency Domain-based Electrical Accumulator Unit (EAU)

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF131-172
Budget: 07/31/13 - 05/10/14
PI: Hiroyuki Kosai

ABSTRACT: Military aircraft are steadily moving towards the "More Electric Aircraft (MEA)" concept where large flight loads like hydraulic actuators are replaced with electrical analogs powered by high voltage (270) direct current (DC) systems. The initial instantiation of these electrical analogs resulted in higher-than-anticipated demand an...

$150K

Modeling and Simulation of Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) Processing by Polymer Infiltration and Pyrolysis

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF131-122
Budget: 07/01/13 - 04/01/14
PI: John Porter

ABSTRACT: The challenge for manufacturing ceramic matrix composites using the preceramic polymer infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP) method is to ensure a fully dense matrix. Material loss during a pyrolysis cycle requires multiple reinfiltration and pyrolysis cycles to maximize matrix density. While the first cycle typically uses a ceramic powde...

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