Naval Air Warfare Center Awards Phase I SBIR
Evanston, IL, April 24, 2005 – QuesTek Innovations LLC announced that it has received a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center to utilize its Materials By Design® technology to create an alternative material for beryllium copper alloys (BeCu) in aerospace applications. Beryllium is extremely lightweight, strong and a good conductor of electricity, and when used as an alloying element, it can dramatically affect the properties of several base metals. However, beryllium is a highly toxic metal. To address this serious health and environmental hazard, the Naval Air Warfare Center has awarded QuesTek a Phase I SBIR to computationally design and deliver a prototype alloy alternative to BeCu. An environmentally benign material solution would immediately benefit all BeCu alloy producers, secondary processors, component manufacturers and end users by mitigating the hazards associated with the handling and disposal of beryllium. BeCu
QuesTek Innovations LLC (www.questek.com) is a global leader in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) technologies, serving government and industrial private sectors. Using its proprietary Materials by Design® methodology, QuesTek has rapidly developed breakthrough alloys (based on Fe, Cu, Al, Ti, Co, Mo, W systems), coatings, powders, and other materials that provide improved performance, reduced capital (as well as operating and maintenance costs) and provide competitive advantage. QuesTek has developed four steels that are being used in demanding aerospace and other applications, has a large portfolio of other materials nearing commercialization with more than 20 US patents awarded/pending and relevant international IP coverage. For more information, please contact Jeff Grabowski.