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The Ceramics and Glass organization develops fabrication processes for ceramic components used in weapon applications. All phases of ceramic processing, from powders to finished products, are addressed; including powder processing, blending, granulation, compaction, sintering, grinding, metallization, and property measurements. In addition, multilayer processing techniques are used to fabricate layered electrical devices. Our department has extensive experience in ferroelectric (PZT) and alumina ceramics, including cermet compositions (alumina - molybdenum composites) developed for hermetic electrical feedthrus, and alumina ceramics with buried ruthenium oxide based resistors.
- Perform process development activities for prototype fabrication or to scale-up laboratory research processes.
- Develop multi-layer ceramic-metal devices based on the tape casting of thin (0.001 to 0.080 in.) flexible ceramic layers and associated thick film technology.
- Employ powder consolidation methods such as compaction (both uniaxial and isostatic) and slip casting to shape form ceramic parts.
- Precision slice and grind ceramic components.
- Fabricate hermetic, electrically conductive, ceramic-metal (cermet) feedthrus in alumina ceramic.
- Twin shell blenders for powder blending, binder waddition, and granulation
- Automatic uniaxial presses
- Isostatic presses (to 30,000 psi)
- Furnaces (to 1650º C)
- Multilayer ceramic processing facility
- Precision surface grinders, lappers, and slicing equipment
- Secure facility for processing classified components
- In 1997, we transferred the technology for electrically conductive cermets to industry.
- Since 1999, our department has been qualified to manufacture cermet components for WR applications.
- In 2001, we scaled up powder granulation, compaction, and sintering processes to meet future WR needs for PZT ferroelectric components.
- J. A. Voigt, D. L. Sipola, K. G. Ewsuk, B. A. Tuttle, R. H. Moore, T. V. Montoya, and M. A. Anderson, "Solution Synthesis and Processing of PZT Materials for Neutron Generator Applications," SAND98-2750, December 1998.
- S. J. Glass, E. K. Beauchamp, S. L. Monroe, J. J. Stephens, R. H. Moore, J. P. Brainard, K. G Ewsuk, E L. Hoffman, R. E. Loehman, G. A .Pressly, and J. E. Smugeresky "Mo- Al2O3 Cermet Research and Development," SAND97-1894, August 1997.
- J. A. Voigt, S. J. Lockwood, R. H. Moore, P. Yang, B. A. Tuttle, "PZT 95/5 for High Energy Density Applications: Synthesis, Processing, and Properties," 104th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society; St. Louis, MO; Apr. 02.
- D. L. Sipola, J. A. Voigt, S. J. Lockwood, and E. D. Rodman-Gonzales, "Chem-PrepPZT 95/5 for Neutron Generator Applications: Particle Size DistributionComparison of Development and Production-Scale Powders," SAND2002-2065, July 2002.
- S. J. Lockwood, E. D. Rodman, S. M. Deninno, J. A. Voigt, and D. L. Moore, "Chem-Prep PZT 95/5 for Neutron Generator Applications: Production Scaleup Early History," SAND2003-0943, March 2003.