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Aviation/Aerospace/Defense

SBIR N092-117 – Pyrowear 675

SBIR N092-117 – Pyrowear 675

Problem: Develop treatment technology for custom alloy Pyrowear 675 to simultaneously achieve superior corrosion, fatigue, wear resistance, strength and toughness of the alloy. This project is sponsored by the Navy which relies on this alloy for manufacturing of custom bearings used in JSF (F-35) plane. Partial results were achieved with traditional methods (furnaces) but not adequate and not cost-effective.

History/Status: SANOVA has successfully completed Phase I and Phase I Optionstages of the project and was selected for Phase II based on achieved results. Currently in Phase II Base, SANOVA has already developed custom LINCARBOHEAT-675 technology prototype and achieved superior results. Next, in Phase II Option, SANOVA will be processing and testing small real bearings provided by one of our OEM partners on the project.

Opportunity: If granted Phase III, SANOVA will develop production version of this new technology for the use in military and commercial applications.

SBIR N102-142 – Pyrowear 53

SBIR N102-142 – Pyrowear 53

Problem: Develop custom technology for treatment of gears with deep internal splines with high aspect ratio of 5:1 and greater. This project is sponsored by the Navy which relies on this alloy for manufacturing of custom high-aspect-ratio gears used in Sikorsky’s heavy-lift CH-53K helicopter project. No fully-successful results were achieved with traditional methods.

History/Status: SANOVA has successfully completed Phase I and Phase I Optionstages of the project and was selected for Phase II based on achieved results. Currently in Phase II Base, SANOVA has already developed custom LINCARBOHEAT-53 technology prototype and achieved superior results. Functional specimen processing, scheduled for Phase II Base, has already begun by SANOVA and superior preliminary results have been achieved.

Opportunity:  If granted Phase III, SANOVA will develop production version of this new technology for the use in military and commercial applications.

Turbine Engines – Vanes and Blades

Turbine Engines – Vanes and Blades

Problem: Need to develop highly durable high-temperature coatings capable of surviving 1200°C (2200°F) or greater on the surfaces of aero turbine components such as blades and vanes.

History/Status: SANOVA has conducted extensive preliminary research in the creation of new low-cost, light-weight, ultra-high temperature, wear, erosion, corrosion and oxidation resistant diffusion coatings, which will considerably enhance performance of the devices and components operating in extreme service conditions. These new protective diffusion coatings are able to withstand temperatures as high as 5000-6800° F and have significantly lower density of the base material than alloys currently used in such applications. Comprehensive research effort was conducted by SANOVA for rapid enhancement of composition, microstructure and various properties of surfaces and core of components manufactured from various refractory metals such as Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta and their alloys. Prototypes of new LINTERNIOBIUM-N1, LINTERTANTALUM-C1 and LINTERZIRCONIUM-C1 technologies, which can result in development of effective treatment technologies for processing of real live hot turbine components, were developed under the Navy SBIR N092-178.

Opportunity: SANOVA is actively seeking customer(s) for this new technology.

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Automotive/Racing

Engine Valves – Ti and Steel

Engine Valves – Ti and Steel

Problem: Develop treatment technology for protecting the seat perimeter of Ti engine valves. Industry tried many types of nitriding technologies but desired results have not been achieved yet.

History/Status: SANOVA was contacted by a large US heat-treat company with the request to help develop such technology. SANOVA has developed the prototype of the titanium diffusion nitriding technology LINTERTITANIUM-Valve and the sample handling devices to treat Ti motorcycle engine valves and submitted samples for evaluation to a large multinational valve manufacturer. This manufacturer found the results “very intriguing” and superior to what they’ve seen before, but was not ready to commit to the Ti valve production and asked SANOVA to develop similar technology for the steel valves. SANOVA has not done that for the steel valves to-date, but this is certainly within SANOVA capabilities.

Opportunity: SANOVA is actively seeking customer(s) for this new technology and is in discussions with several valve manufacturers.

Engine, Body and Other Components Manufactured From Ti Alloys In Automotive, Rail, Aerospace and Other Industries

Problem: There are many other automobile components which currently are and maybe in the future manufactured from Ti which is enhanced by SANOVA Ti technologies. One important application can be components of various friction pairs, as SANOVA technologies demonstrated ability to significantly enhance performance of Ti components operating in harsh friction service conditions. Other applications could be processing of such components as screws, fuel injectors, shafts and many others.

History/Status: SANOVA has been repeatedly asked to consider development of treatment technology for various automobile components. While SANOVA certainly can develop such technologies, current workload and funding precluded us from embarking on such projects. Also need funding for another laboratory/pre-production machine to develop these applications.

Opportunity: This is a tremendous opportunity for SANOVA, as demand for lighter and more durable automotive components is growing. It is important to note, that the base Ti technologies for such applications are already developed and need to be customized for treatment of specific components. SANOVA is actively seeking customer(s) for this new technology.

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Bearings

Ball & Roller Bearings

Ball & Roller Bearings

Problem: Inability to produce effective titanium bearings with balls/rollers and races manufactured from Ti due to low hardness and cold fusion properties of Ti.

History/Status:  SANOVA has developed and licensed the foundation technology for processing of components manufactured from Ti and Ti alloys. Customization of this technology for the bearing components shall be performed by SANOVA with the presence of customer and funding.

Opportunity: Millions of various bearings are manufactured and sold each year in such industries as automotive, aerospace, heavy machinery, power tools, toys, consumer goods, etc. There are also specialty bearings, such as foil bearings, large rail bearings, etc. SANOVA is currently in discussions with major bearing manufacturers about the development of these bearing technologies.

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Construction

Creation of Stainless Surfaces On Various Carbon & Alloyed Steels

Creation of Stainless Surfaces On Various Carbon & Alloyed Steels

Problem: Substantial increase in corrosion resistance of metal construction components at significantly reduced cost.

History/Status:  Construction and maintenance of civilian and military structures, such as bridges, buildings, passenger platforms, landmarks, oil/gas/water pipelines, etc, demands large quantities of stainless steel components, such as beams, tubes, brackets, supports, bolts, rebar and many other. The cost of such construction components can be significantly reduced with the application of SANOVA technologies capable of creating a robust long-lasting corrosion resistant protective surface on such components, thus enabling the use of much cheaper steels in their manufacturing. Performance of many various types of carbon and low-alloyed steels can be enhanced with LINTERPROCESS-SS™ technologies. Custom protective non-corrosive diffusion layers can be created efficiently and inexpensively on components of many simple and complicated shapes and sizes, dramatically improving their performance and longevity, while reducing cost of production, operation and maintenance. Various LINTERPROCESS-SS™ treatment technologies were utilized by SANOVA for creation of stable anticorrosion stainless surfaces (SS) on different plain carbon steels with various quantities of carbon, such as AISI-1010 (0.10% C), AISI-1018 (0.18% C) and AISI-1045 (0.45% C), as well as low-alloyed steel AISI-8620, high-alloyed steel AISI-H13 special gear steel alloy Pyrowear X-53. Positive corrosion testing results after such processing were obtained and are available at SANOVA.

Opportunity: SANOVA is actively seeking customer(s) for this new technology application.

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Machinery and Equipment Component Manufacturing

Creation Of Highly Effective While Economical Combined Thermo-chemical and Heat-treatment Technology For Rapid Processing Of Machine Components

Creation Of Highly Effective While Economical Combined Thermo-chemical and Heat-treatment Technology For Rapid Processing Of Machine Components

Problem: Current processes for manufacturing of reliable and long-lasting machine components are complex, expensive and time consuming. Properties of various metals such components are manufactured from are currently improved with a variety of complicated combined thermo-chemical and heat treatment technologies, consisting of many operations, such as:

  • Thermo-chemical processes and heat treatment procedures for surface chemical composition and properties enhancement
  • Quenching to produce required microstructure, hardness strength and toughness
  • Tempering to increase ductility and toughness and reduce matrix grain size
  • Stress relief, cold and cryogenic treatment to enhance case hardening and improve stresses

Furthermore, various additional cleaning, protection and other auxiliary operations are deployed before, during and after main treatment processes. Many of such processes and sometimes individual operations within processes require the use of large and costly special furnaces and other specialized heating and cooling equipment, requiring additional facilities, logistics and labor – all adding complexity time and cost to machine component manufacturing.

History/Status: SANOVA has developed highly effective proprietary technologies and equipment capable of performing all necessary thermo-chemical and heat treatment operations and related sub-processes in a single working chamber of on processing equipment. Auxiliary operations, such as cleaning, protection, etc, can be completely eliminated in SANOVA processes. SANOVA technologies are highly efficient, cost effective and require small space, reduced labor and minimal logistics.

Opportunity: The new combined thermo-chemical and heat treatment technologies developed by SANOVA should be of considerable interest for the major heat treatment companies and equipment manufacturers

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Medical Devices

Batteries For Pacemakers & Other Implantable Devices

Batteries For Pacemakers & Other Implantable Devices

Problem: In an effort to provide more reliable and long lasting batteries for implantable devices, such as pacemakers, medical device companies are looking for a superior nitriding technology for the current collectors made from Ti and other metals, which are used in such batteries. Specific problem brought to SANOVA was desire for effective diffusion nitriding of Ti current collectors pictured above. These current collectors need to be nitrided to ensure better corrosion resistance against the acids they are surrounded with. Existing coating and diffusion nitriding technologies were not sufficiently effective.

History/Status: This project was brought to SANOVA by a large medical device company which manufactures large number of pacemakers and other implantable devices. SANOVA has developed (using our own funds) a set of heating/handling devices for simultaneous processing of multiple collectors and successfully tested initial prototype of the new custom technology for highly effective diffusion nitriding of the collectors. Untreated collector samples were provided to SANOVA and treated collector samples were sent back by SANOVA for evaluation. The results of the testing summarized that diffusion nitriding technology prototype developed by SANOVA performed “as good or better” than anything else they tested.

Opportunity: SANOVA is currently exploring avenues to penetrate leading medical device companies which manufacture and sell pacemakers and other implantable devices with batteries, as well as other battery markets, such as automotive, toys, consumer goods, etc.

Spine

Spine

Problem: Process replacement Ti spine components for better hardness, durability and improved friction coefficient.

History/Status: SANOVA has developed and licensed similar technology for processing of other medical device components manufactured from Ti and Ti alloys. Development of this technology for the spinal components shall be performed by SANOVA for a specific customer.

Opportunity: SANOVA is currently in discussions with major medical device companies which manufacture and sell replacement spine components.

Dental

Dental

Problem: Process titanium dental implants, bridges and other dental components for better hardness and durability.

History/Status: SANOVA has developed and licensed similar technology for processing medical device components manufactured from Ti and Ti alloys. Development of this technology for the dental applications shall be performed by SANOVA for a specific customer.

Opportunity: SANOVA is in the initial stages of marketing its technologies to the dental components manufacturers.

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