IAP Research Awarded SBIR Phase II Research Grant for Developing Higher Performing Aluminum Parts

June 3, 2015 Kettering Ohio - IAP Research announces an SBIR phase II award from the Army to continue research into an aluminum processing method that is expected to yield higher strength aluminum alloys. The goal of this work is to enable the greater use of light weight aluminum in cars, trucks and commercial and military vehicles. Aluminum use in vehicles is expected to double over the next 10 years, according to the Aluminum Associationís Aluminum Transportation group. Aluminum components give consumers vehicles that are economical, durable, high performing and safe. Aluminum use has grown especially fast in military applications, such as Humvees and troop carriers, which demand higher performance and lighter weight.

IAP brings an extensive background in blending fine and nano powders. Under another federal grant, the company developed a unique titanium composite based on a patented method of blending nano-ceramic powders with titanium powders. This creates a titanium material with the hardness and wear resistance of tool steal. This material is now commercially available under the name TITRIX®.

The blending and packing method developed for smoke grenades differs from that of TITRIX® however, IAP also sees broader application than just the military munitions application addressed in the research grant. "The market for fine particle packing and dispersion is diverse with applications in many commercial areas. This is because the underlying technology enables more efficient areosolization", says Dr. Chelluri. "For that reason this innovative areosolization process may be applied to an array of fields such as aerosol inhalers, environmental pollutions controls, pharmaceuticals production and even more efficient particle fertilizer dispersion".

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