Awards

$487K

STTR Phase II: A Simple and Innovative Approach to the Synthesis of Metal, Alloy, Metal Oxide, and Mixed-Metal Oxide Nanoparticles

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: S13-2010
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10
PI: Lynn Astle

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project aims to develop a manufacturing process to synthesize metal oxide, sulfide and other nanoparticles. The subject method simply involves mixing of common dry chemical starting materials and heating the resulting precursor material to a modest temperature. The objective is to demonst...

$100K

Extremely High Suction Performance Inducers for Space Propulsion

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 10-1-T9
Budget: 01/01/10 - 12/31/10
PI: Mr. Kerry N. Oliphant

Advanced pump inducer design technology that uses high inlet diffusion blades, operates at a very low flow coefficient, and employs a cavitation control and stability device. A preliminary scoping inducer test with this technology indicated a doubling of the suction specific speed capability over current inducers. A three to four fold increase...

$491K

Portable Friction Stir Welding Technology for Aluminum Fabrication

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Navy
Topic: N07-T032
Budget: 05/06/09 - 11/06/10
PI: Russell Kingston

During Phase I, goals of initial design and demonstration of system concepts for a portable friction stir welding (FSW) system were successfully completed. During Phase II, the objective is to design, fabricate, and demonstrate a portable and versatile FSW system. To support AMP s design, BYU will continue engineering and application studies in ...

$100K

Autonomous Aerial Recovery of Micro Air Vehicles

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF08-T014
Budget: 08/01/08 - 04/01/09
PI: Mr. Reed Christiansen

ddddThe objective of this project is to develop a strategy to recover micro air vehicles into a flying aircraft. Our solution combines three key technologies that have received significant research attention in recent years, namely towed cable systems, cooperative control, and vision-based terminal guidance. We propose to demonstrate the feasi...

$150K

STTR Phase I: A Simple and Innovative Approach to the Synthesis of Metal, Alloy, Metal Oxide, and Mixed-Metal Oxide Nanoparticles

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: National Science Foundation
Topic: 2008
Budget: 01/01/08 - 12/31/08
PI: Lynn Astle

The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project addresses the scale-up to kilogram quantities of a novel university laboratory solid-state method of synthesizing metal oxide and metal nanoparticles by mixing common chemical starting materials and baking the resulting precursor material at modest temperatures; and the dispe...

$99.9K

High Strength, Transparent Alumina IR Windows with Nano-scale (< 100 nm) Sintered Microstructure

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF07-T009
Budget: 10/16/07 - 07/16/08
PI: Mr. Akash

This STTR Phase I project is designed to develop a novel process for fabricating a nano-grained ceramic material for infrared windows. The proposed STTR builds upon our previous Phase I (Navy) SBIR experience to minimize risks and maximize the likelihood of success. This proposed work will utilize an innovative method to fabricate nanocrystallin...

$749K

Performance Map for Low-Cost Titanium Armor

Phase 2 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Army
Topic: A06-T009
Budget: 09/11/07 - 09/09/08
PI: Dr. Brent Adams

Microstructure sensitive design for performance optimization (MSDPO) embodies a rigorous mathematical framework for systematic design of material microstructure optimized to meet design requirements. It is deeply rooted in the spectral representations of the invertible linkages between a material's microstructure, its effective macroscale prope...

$99.9K

Portable, Moderate-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Topic: OSD07-T006
Budget: 07/26/07 - 07/26/08
PI: Dr. S. Elango Elangovan

Compared to conventional power sources, fuel cell systems present such benefits as high efficiency, low emissions, long life, and near silent operation. Of the various fuel cell types, Solid oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) have a number of advantages in hydrocarbon fuel applications because of their solid-state construction and high temperature operatio...

$69.7K

Portable Friction Stir Welding Technology for Aluminum Fabrication

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Navy
Topic: N07-T032
Budget: 06/19/07 - 04/19/08
PI: Mr. Scott Packer

This program is designed to development and implement portable friction stir welding for both repair and subassembly of Navy Al structures. This dual use requirement necessitates two different approaches. For example, subassembly implies relatively small structures and a moderate number of components. Further, subassemblies can be welded remo...

$99.8K

Aluminum Agglomeration and Trajectory in Solid Rocket Motors

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: Brigham Young University

Agency: Air Force
Topic: AF06-T012
Budget: 09/13/06 - 06/13/07
PI: Dr. E. Carl Hylin

The demand for higher performance rocket motors at a reduced cost requires continuous improvements in understanding and controlling propellant combustion. Numerous examples are available where seemingly minor modifications and improvements to existing solid rocket systems have caused previously well performing motors to exhibit unexpected and a...

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