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Integran Awarded Air Force Contract

Photonics.com
Feb 2008
Integran Technologies USA Inc., a Pittsburgh, Pa., supplier of nanotechnology-enabled metallurgical products and processes, announced today it was recently awarded a Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract by the US Air Force (Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio) for the development of a novel selective surface alloying and microstructural-optimization process for use in making jet engine components. Virgil Provenzano, a senior scientist with Integran, said the process -- intended for finished and partly finished jet engine components -- is expected to lower manufacturing and repair/overhaul costs compared to bulk alloying and processing methods.


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nanotechnology
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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