High Throughput, High Temperature Mechanical Test Platform
ID: A24B-T009Type: Phase I
Overview

Topic

High Throughput, High Temperature Mechanical Test Platform

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: STTRPhase: Phase IYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Apr 17, 2024 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open May 15, 2024 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program focused on the topic of "High Throughput, High Temperature Mechanical Test Platform". The objective of this research is to design, develop, and demonstrate a high-throughput mechanical test platform capable of replicating extreme thermal-mechanical-chemical environments. The DOD requires robust, high temperature materials for applications such as hypersonics, advanced propulsion, and next generation materials processing. However, current mechanical test practices are unable to replicate relevant environments to inform material behaviors under extreme conditions. The goal of this research is to develop new methodologies for quickly testing structural materials under relevant environments to accelerate materials development for extreme operating conditions. The Phase I of the project involves identifying a methodology and initiating fixture fabrication along with associated hardware/software to perform high-throughput, high temperature mechanical testing of materials. The Phase II focuses on designing and developing a high-throughput, high temperature mechanical test platform with the ability to rapidly vary and control environmental conditions. The performer should also outline a plan for integrating atmospheric control and/or surface characterization methods to determine sample degradation due to the thermal-mechanical-chemical environment. The completion of this effort would provide an automated tool for assessing the high temperature performance of materials in extreme environments, with potential applications in commercial suppliers and DoD scientists and engineers for rapidly assessing next generation high temperature structural materials. The solicitation is currently open, with a closing date of June 12, 2024. More information can be found on the grants.gov website or the DOD SBIR/STTR Opportunities page.

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