High-Temperature Technologies for Naval Applications
Development of advanced high-temperature materials, power sources, and diagnostic sensors for improved performance and efficiency of naval systems.
Research Concentration Areas
- Novel power and energy sources and materials, such as neutron and alpha/beta particle emitting isotope/isomer battery technologies, for improved size, weight, power, and availability
- Tailored material properties of metals using femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) processing methods
- Advanced electrically insulating and thermally conductive materials for improved thermal management and structural properties
- High temperature miniature diagnostic sensors
Research Challenges and Opportunities
- Development of novel, compact power sources using isotopes/isomers that are energy-dense, reliable, safe, low-cost and provide autonomous power for extended periods of time for marine applications
- Miniature high-frequency sensor(s) development for diagnostic use in high-temperature harsh environments
- Development of structurally strong and lighter weight electrically insulating and metal matrix composites using boron nitride nanotubes
- Improved understanding of distributed combustion for current and next generation of green combustion turbines
- Development of femtosecond laser-processed materials that provide tailored properties such as increased strength, reduced weight, improved heat-transfer and drag-reduction properties, and resistance to corrosion/fouling for marine environments
- Development of advanced electrically insulating materials that are also thermally conductive for improved passive thermal management of high-power electronics
- Investigation of technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of high-temperature energy systems
Program Contact Information
How to Submit
The High-Temperature Technologies for Naval Applications program seeks white papers and proposals for innovative research and development. The objective of any theoretical studies or demonstrations must be clearly stated. Task descriptions should include illustrative examples or targets for the application into an existing system, or system of systems, with potential improvement to methods of use; or where change to the underlying principles of construction and fabrication at either the platform or subsystem (weapon, sensor, etc.) level are expected, but not required. White papers and proposals should provide milestone-oriented timelines with transition points, inside or outside a five-year time window.
For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.
- Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
- Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through grants.gov; instructions are included in the BAA.