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 Voxel Innovations Inc.Mr. Daniel Herrington Small Business Other Energy Technologies Voxel Innovations is a small business based in Raleigh, NC who specializes in advanced electrochemical machining (ECM), including pulsed electrochemical machining (PECM). We design our own equipment, perform our own process development, and provide contract ECM services to aerospace, medical, defense, and energy markets. Our ECM and PECM processes are ideally suited to create thin-walled, smooth, and high-aspect-ratio features in hard to machine materials with rapid processing times. We have experience working with nickel- and cobalt-based super alloys and have recently demonstrated the ability to machine refractory materials including tungsten, molybdenum, etc. Voxel has also spent considerable time developing methods to finish a 3D printed or cast surface for turbine application. Electrochemical machining is an accepted method for creating airfoil surfaces in aerospace compressors and, as such, could be commercialized as a final machining step for near-net-shape forming method. As it relates to the ULTIMATE FOA, Voxel could provide coupon-level testing of new alloys to demonstrate acceptable surface finish and removal rates, followed by a test article demonstration on a representative part design in the material of interest.
Website: www.voxelinnovations.com

Email: daniel.herrington@voxelinnovations.com

Phone: 984-464-0701

Address: 3420 Tarheel Drive, STE 300, Raleigh, NC, 27609, United States
NC
 Welsch Metallurgy IncDr. G.E. Welsch and Dr. P.T. Szozdowski Small Business Other Energy Technologies 1. E-beam melting and directional solidification processing of high-temperature metals and alloys
Produce zone-refined refractory metals, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo, W, Re, also of high-melting noble metals Ru, Os, Ir

2. Produce single crystals of refractory metals and alloys of the elements listed in 1.,
also of refractory metal alloys, such as TZM molybdenum alloy -in rod form. They are ductile and strong at room temperature and have high-temperature creep resistance and strength.

3. Produce directionally solidified alloy rods with parallel columnar grain structure for higher-temperature (over 1500C) creep strength

4. Produce single-crystal layer composite and selectively doped micro-layer composites with stable high-temperature overlapped grain architecture for highest temperature performance and creep strength
Website: n/A

Email: gerhard.e.welsch@gmail.com

Phone: 216 932-6930

Address: 2514 Edgehill Rd, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States
OH
 Touchstone Testing LabRobert Evert Large Business Other Energy Technologies Touchstone Testing Laboratory, LLC is a small independent ISO 17025 certified testing laboratory registered in West Virginia with an annual revenue of ~$4M. We are accredited by NADCAP to offer testing services to aerospace material producers and OEMs. The bulk (85%) of our customers are from aerospace and power generation markets. We provide lot release testing for production as well as product qualification testing for research and development. The services we provide ranges from testing small samples to full scale products at ambient condition as well as at extreme environment where temperatures ranging from 4K to 2000K in controlled atmosphere from high vacuum (10-6 bar or 0.1Pa) to inert (0.2ppm of O2), reactive and high pressure. We are fully equipped and trained to offer the following specific testing services:
• Static and dynamic mechanical testing,
• Corrosion and accelerated life testing,
• Thermophysical property testing,
• Emission and absorption based analytical testing,
• Metallurgical process evaluation including failure analysis of products and systems.
TTL employs 40 trained professionals with education from high school diploma to PhD with expertise in the fields of mechanical, metallurgical and chemical engineering fields to support our customers. We have experience in testing all metallic materials including specialty materials such as refractory metals and alloys as well as nonmetallic materials such as polymers and ceramics including carbon and glass fiber reinforced composites and polymers. We also pride ourselves on developing customized tests including designing and building test rigs for specialized applications
Website: https://www.touchstonetesting.com/

Email: rpe@touchstonetesting.com

Phone: 4126606991

Address: 1094 Middle Creek Road, Triadelphia, WV, 26059, United States
WV
 MOLYMET S.A.Mario Lama Large Business Other Energy Technologies Corporate Overview
Molymet is the largest molybdenum and rhenium processing capacity in the world. Production facilities and sales offices in nine different countries allow us to offer our services and products on every continent.
In Molymet, we have developed a wide variety of molybdenum and rhenium solutions applicable to the steel, chemical, and metallic industries.
Our Rhenium Metal – Briquettes has been used as a critical additive to superalloys for components put under high temperatures in aerospace and power generation turbines.
Molymet is the main rhenium raw materials supplier to superalloy producers and has been serving this market for about three decades.
As the leading supplier of rhenium metal worldwide, Molymet is committed to contributing to the development of the rhenium market by supporting possible new end uses for this versatile metal and assuring researchers and users a long-term rhenium supply.

Research & Development Capabilities
Molymet’s Research and Development group has over 30 years’ worth of experience and has been growing together with the company, fostering its development and expansion.
Nowadays, it is formed by 15 professionals exclusively devoted to the team, specialized in chemical engineering, chemistry, and applied physics, among other fields. The team has experience in the development of internal projects, as well as in those carried out in cooperation with different companies and research centers around the globe.
Since 2009, Molymet has modern facilities exclusively allocated to Research and Development. Said facilities, of more than 1,200 m2, includes offices, and a project testing shed.
Our research team has high tech equipment to analyze and characterize metals and minerals, different furnaces to work in a controlled environment, and other tools that place the company at the highest level of development within the rhenium and molybdenum industry.
Website: www.molymet.cl

Email: mario.lama@molymet.cl

Phone: 56989060502

Address: Camino Nos a Los Morros Nº 66, Santiago, San Bernardo / Santiago, 8050000, Chile
San Bernardo / Santiago
 Southern ResearchTerry R. Barnett Non-Profit Other Energy Technologies Research Area: Testing and evaluation of mechanical properties and environmental damage resistance at ultrahigh temperatures (1300 °C or higher).

Southern Research (SR) provides a comprehensive range of material mechanical (tension, compression, shear, creep, fatigue, etc.) and thermal (expansion, conductivity, specific heat, diffusivity, etc.) property testing and analysis that supports industrial, aerospace, and military clients. Our experienced engineering team has proven expertise in materials behavior, analysis, and evaluation and is supported by a contingent of highly skilled technicians. Moreover, SR has a well-established testing and measurements capability and is widely recognized as the leading laboratory in the country for high-temperature evaluation of advanced materials. Our engineering team has a longstanding history of working closely with clients in the design and execution of projects that meet their specific needs. In addition, we are adept at managing a range of project types from the most complex and challenging to quick-turn analyses. SR offers clients the ability to measure material behaviors in a range of temperatures from cryogenic to more than 3000°C. Materials evaluated include, but are not limited to: resin, metal and ceramic matrix composites, coatings, metals, graphites, carbon/carbons, and monolithic ceramics.

The testing laboratory contains more than 40 major, fully-instrumented test stands, many having been developed by and unique to SR. The test frames are either mechanically or servo-hydraulically driven. Instrumentation includes load, strain gages, extensometers, and strain field visualization by digital image correlation (DIC). Sample capabilities range from small filament specimens to structural components with dimensions greater than 6 feet.
Website: https://southernresearch.org/engineering/

Email: tbarnett@southernresearch.org

Phone: 205-581-2378

Address: 757 Tom Martin Drive, Birmingham, AL, 35211, United States
AL
 BAE Systems .comBhanumathi Chelluri Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear New technology of creating carbide diffusion layers on refractory and high entropy alloys with out coatings. We believe this may be valuable with turbine and nuclear material applications
Website: www.baesystems.com

Email: bhanu.chelluri@baesystems.com

Phone: 9375102148

Address: 2763 Culver Ave, Dayton, OH, 45429, United States
OH
 BAE Systems .comBhanumathi Chelluri Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear High power generation, protection, high temperature materials, Turbine engine materials, coatings
Website: www.baesystems.com

Email: bhanu.chelluri@baesystems.com

Phone: 9375102148

Address: 2763 Culver Ave, Dayton, OH, 45429, United States
OH
 Nrgtek Inc.Subra Iyer Small Business Other Energy Technologies High temperature erosion-resistant coatings able to withstand greater than 1750C with the potential for application as nanometer-thick non-porous layers, applied by inkjet printing or 3D printing, using advanced manufacturing technologies for coating turbine blades.
Website: www.nrgtekusa.com

Email: siyer@nrgtekusa.com

Phone: 7142799190

Address: 17120 Fremont Lane, Yorba Linda, CA, 92886, United States
CA
 BAE Systems .comBhanumathi Chelluri Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Team with prime and propose diffusion coating method for refractory and high entropy alloys. The coatings will be integral part of metallic alloys.
Website: www.baesystems.com

Email: bhanu.chelluri@baesystems.com

Phone: 9375102148

Address: 2763 Culver Ave, Dayton, OH, 45429, United States
OH
 Solar TurbinesDavid Voss Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., designs and manufactures industrial gas turbines for onshore and offshore electrical power generation and is one of the world’s leading producers of industrial gas turbines up to 22 MW. Currently, over 15,000 gas turbine systems are installed globally with a collective 2.3 billion hours of use.

Solar's strengths include developing comprehensive solutions using our manufacturing expertise for finding applications to new technology (Topic Area 4). We are interested in joining a multi-disciplinary, diverse team with expertise in Topic Areas 1, 2, and/or 3.
Website: www.solarturbines.com

Email: voss_david_w@solarturbines.com

Phone: 6195445551

Address: 2200 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92101, United States
CA
 Materials Research LLCanoop nagar Small Business Other Energy Technologies High temperature materials and production process development. Production of metals and metal particles. Previously demonstrated capability to produce Ti and Ti alloys with V, Al, Mo, W using FBR and the potential to activate the chemistry using multiarc discharges.
Website: none

Email: anoopnagar@gmail.com

Phone: 6504643547

Address: 138 Tennyson Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94301, United States
CA
 Clemson UniversityRajendra Bordia Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Processing, properties and characterization of ceramics, ceramic matrix composites and ceramic coatings. Of interest to ULTIMATE is expertise int eh area of environmental and oxidation, and thermal barrier coatings on metallic alloys.
Website: https://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/mse/people/faculty/bordia.html

Email: rbordia@clemson.edu

Phone: 864-656-5228

Address: 161 Sirrine Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29634, United States
SC
 Materials Research & DesignCraig Iwano Small Business Other Energy Technologies Materials Research & Design (MR&D) is a small business that provides research and design services to the high-temperature materials community. Typical programs at MR&D focus on the simultaneous design of material and structure to optimize component cost, weight, or structural performance. Detailed finite element simulations performed by MR&D include transient heat transfer, mechanical and combined loading, static and dynamic loading, random vibration, acoustic, computational fluid dynamics and impact. Commercially available codes are employed with all of these simulations, however custom material models and/or user elements are typically developed for highly specialized materials. MR&D also has extensive experience in the field of composite micromechanics and ceramics process modelling which help in analyzing and understanding the material changes during processing as well as the resulting properties. Where necessary, changes to the heat/pressure profiles can be analytically evaluated in order to improve the quality of the resulting component. The analytical approach employed by MR&D is based upon a practical understanding of engineering issues founded upon a strong background of theoretical mechanics.
Website: www.m-r-d.com

Email: craig.iwano@m-r-d.com

Phone: 6109458830

Address: 300 East Swedesford Road, Wayne, PA, 19087, United States
PA
 Solar TurbinesDavid Voss Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Solar Turbines Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., designs and manufactures industrial gas turbines for onshore and offshore electrical power generation and is one of the world’s leading producers of industrial gas turbines up to 22 MW. Currently, over 15,000 gas turbine systems are installed globally with a collective 2.3 billion hours of use.

Solar's strengths include developing comprehensive solutions using our manufacturing expertise for finding applications to new technology (Topic Area 4). We are interested in joining a multi-disciplinary, diverse team with expertise in Topic Areas 1, 2, and/or 3.
Website: www.solarturbines.com

Email: voss_david_w@solarturbines.com

Phone: 6195445551

Address: 2200 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92101, United States
CA
 Siemens Corporation, Corporate TechnologyKeryl Cosenzo Large Business Other Energy Technologies Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of several world-class central research and development labs within Siemens Corporate Technology. Our hundreds of research scientists and software engineers provide technological solutions to the global family of Siemens’ businesses.

Areas of expertise are as follows:
• Process-Structure-Properties for high throughput experimentation
• ML techniques for discovery of new high temperature alloys
• Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence Enabled tools to analyze, characterize microstructures of complex alloys and extract key features – grain size, grain irregularity, phase distribution/prevalence, defects etc.
• Physics-informed machine learning to predict microstructures from process parameters
• Machine learning to predict macro-properties from material microstructures
• Machine learning methods to predict high entropy alloy properties from compositions
• Machine learning methods to predict crystalline/atomic structures of different alloys using energy and entropy formulations
Website: https://new.siemens.com/us/en/company/siemens-in-the-usa/princeton.html

Email: keryl.cosenzo@siemens.com

Phone: +1 (609) 216-3853

Address: 755 College Road East, Princeton, NJ, 08540-6632, United States
NJ
 Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSneha Prabha Narra Academic Other Energy Technologies Powder bed fusion and wire feed additive manufacturing,
Process parameter development for new alloys and part geometries
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/narrateam

Email: spnarra@wpi.edu

Phone: 732-856-3794

Address: 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA, 01609, United States
MA
 University of VirginiaElizabeth Opila Academic Other Energy Technologies My research focuses on materials for use in extreme environments and can be applied to materials for use in turbine engines, other energy conversion technologies, and thermal protection systems. My research approach is to first create critical aspects of the use environment in the lab such as high temperatures (up to 2000°C), reactive gases (oxygen, water vapor), and high flow rates ( hundreds of meters per second). We characterize materials before and after exposure using techniques as simple as weight change to sophisticated state-of-the-art microscopies and spectroscopies. Experiments are linked with thermodynamic and kinetic models and other computational techniques where possible. We ask these questions about material behavior: What reactions occur and why? How fast do they occur? Can we predict material lifetimes? How can we make better materials?
Website: https://engineering.virginia.edu/opila-research-group

Email: opila@virginia.edu

Phone: 216-618-7904

Address: 395 Mccormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA, 22904, United States
VA
 The University of Texas at El PasoEvgeny Shafirovich Academic Other Energy Technologies A significant issue in the development of ultrahigh temperature materials is processing. To achieve the desired balance of properties, a specific microstructure needs to be created, and this microstructure should remain stable under extreme conditions of high temperature and stress. Conventional processing modifies the microstructure. The challenge is to develop processing methods that yield the desired final microstructure during initial alloy synthesis. Innovative powder metallurgy processing is viewed as a practical approach to achieve a large-scale synthesis of uniform multiphase microstructures.
A promising method from this standpoint is self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS), which takes advantage of the high exothermic energy of chemical reactions to generate high temperature and fast combustion reactions. Some of the advantages of SHS, compared with many traditional solid state synthetic routes, are low energy consumption, short process times, high purity of the products, and low cost of experimental apparatus. SHS has been used for the fabrication of various high-temperature materials. Fully dense materials were obtained from SHS products using hot pressing, spark plasma sintering, pressureless sintering, shock-wave consolidation, and other densification techniques.
During the last decade, we conducted research on SHS of molybdenum borosilicides, niobium silicides, zirconium and hafnium diborides, magnesium silicide, and nanostructured silicon, as well as used this technique for the fabrication of construction materials from lunar regolith simulants and for joining regolith tiles. These studies were supported by DOE, ONR, and NASA. To enable self-sustained reactions in mixtures of powders used for synthesis of high-temperature materials, we have successfully used mechanical activation, i.e. a short-term, high-energy milling step before the SHS process.
Our laboratory capabilities include mixing and milling facilities, reaction chambers, gloveboxes, high-speed and infrared video cameras, an induction furnace, and various instruments for materials characterization and kinetic studies such as a thermogravimetric analyzer, a differential scanning calorimeter, a high-pressure differential scanning calorimeter, a laser flash apparatus, an electrical property analyzer, a laser diffraction particle size analyzer, a surface area analyzer, an oxygen bomb calorimeter, a semi micro calorimeter, an FTIR spectrometer, and two mass spectrometers.
Website: https://expertise.utep.edu/profiles/eshafirovich2

Email: eshafirovich2@utep.edu

Phone: 915-747-6465

Address: Mechanical Engineering, 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, 79968, United States
TX
 Dartmouth CollegeIan Baker Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear 38 years experience in high-temperature materials development and mechanical testing for energy applications. 16 years experience in including high entropy alloy development. Expertise in microstructural characterization including electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Prior experience in oxidation studies. We have capabilities to do all of the above work at Dartmouth College.
Website: https://engineering.dartmouth.edu/people/faculty/ian-baker

Email: ian.baker@dartmouth.edu

Phone: 6036462184

Address: Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, NH, 03755, United States
NH
 University of UtahPei Sun Academic Other Energy Technologies Prof. Sun’s research group offers a new technology for making spherical and non-spherical metal powders including refractory alloy powder for additive manufacturing and other advance manufacturing applications. This technology has the following key features: 1) low cost; 2) meltless; 3) flexible in composition and feed materials; 4) rapid alloy synthesis; 5) flexible batch size. It has been utilized to make spherical Mo, W, Nb, Zr, Ti, Fe, Ni, and their alloys including high entropy alloys (HEAs).

Prof. Sun’s research focuses on the synthesis of metal powders and advanced materials manufactured from metal powders. His research lab is equipped with a comprehensive suite of equipment and instrumentation for powder processing, compaction and forming, sintering and consolidation, and characterization of powder as well as bulk materials.
Website: www.mse.utah.edu

Email: pei.sun@utah.edu

Phone: (801)581-6031

Address: 135 S. 1460 E. Rm 506, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, United States
UT
 Carpenter Technology CorporationJames Sears Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Corporate Overview
Carpenter Technology Corporation is a leading producer and distributor of premium specialty alloys, including superalloys, titanium alloys, powder metals, stainless steels, alloy steels, and tool steels as well as drilling tools. Carpenter’s high-performance materials and advanced process solutions are an integral part of critical applications used within the aerospace, transportation, medical and energy markets, among other sectors. Carpenter has a long history of achievements in the power generation market and is a Global leader in the supply of large form remelted products and is a leading supplier of Pyromet 706 for use in turbine disks and spacers.
Research & Development Capabilities
Carpenter Technology Corporation has a corporate research and development center located in Reading Pennsylvania. As part of the R&D center, several different research groups work together to develop new products and processes including an Additive Manufacturing Group, Alloy Design Group, Alloy and Process Modeling Group, Process Development Group, New Product Development Group, and Characterization Group. The R&D facility has small scale production capabilities including small scale vacuum induction melting (VIM) up to 400 lbs, a dedicated lab scale electro-slag remelting / vacuum arc remelting (ESR/VAR) furnace, hot and cold working capabilities, a 8 inch diameter HIP, an Additive Manufacturing Center with 6 machines including Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Direct Energy Deposition and Binder-Jet Printing, a 400 lbs VIM inert gas atomizer, a full suite of mechanical testing and characterization equipment. Of note to this project is Carpenter’s recent acquisition and commissioning of a Cameca SXFive Electron Microprobe.
As a specialty alloy producer with extensive experience in melting and remelting, Carpenter Technology Corp. participated in a Metals Affordability Initiative (MAI) project GE11: Development of an ICME-Based Tool for Remelting Processes for High-Performance Aerospace Alloys. The project involved development of an ESR model with transient capability as well as a thermodynamic slag model that could predict physical properties with validation carried out on full-scale ESR melts. Our modeling and small-scale processing equipment coupled with characterization and market leading manufacturing capabilities makes us well suited for alloy development and scale up programs.
Website: carpentertechnology.com

Email: jsears@cartech.com

Phone: 6102082553

Address: 101 West Bern Street, Reading, PA, 19601, United States
PA
 Indiana University - Purdue University IndianapolisJing Zhang Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear 1. High temperature materials, including coatings, for power generation
2. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing
3. Lithium ion battery modeling
Website: http://et.engr.iupui.edu/~jz29/

Email: jz29@iupui.edu

Phone: 3172787186

Address: 723 W Michigan Street, SL 260, Indianapolis, IN, 46202, United States
IN
 Illinois Institute of TechnologySammy Tin Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear Dr. Sammy Tin is a Professor of Materials Engineering in the Department of Aerospace, Materials and Mechanical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Fellow of ASM International. Professor Tin’s research has focused on the composition – processing – microstructure - mechanical properties - performance relationships in high temperature structural materials, specifically polycrystalline and single crystal Ni-base superalloys. Professor Tin has over 25 years of experience of managing and performing research and development on the development of high performance materials for power generation and aerospace propulsion. Throughout the years, he has worked with various industrial partners including gas turbine OEMs and supply chain manufacturers and has been awarded multiple patents for innovative concepts for alloy development and thermomechanical processing.

At illinois Tech, Prof. Tin manages the High Temperature Structural Materials Lab and is Director of the Thermal Processing Technology Center. The facilities at Illinois Tech are ideally situated for supporting alloy development programs and include facilities for small scale processing, testing and characterization. Facilities at IIT also include powder bed laser fusion additive manufacturing capabilities.

Prof Tin has served as the Chair of the TMS High Temperature Alloys Committee and is currently Chair of the 2020 International Conference on Superalloys.
Website: http://mypages.iit.edu/~tin/

Email: tin@iit.edu

Phone: 312-567-3780

Address: 10 W. 32nd St. MMAE Dept. RE-243, Chicago, IL, 60616, United States
IL