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Improved Reliability of Ballistic Weapons and Combustion Engines

Methods of Forming Boron Nitride

DOE Grant Recipients

Idaho National Laboratory

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PDF Document Publication8968827.pdf (626 KB)


Technology Marketing Summary

A novel method for coating the barrel of a ballistic weapon or its bullets with a unique compound that not only lubricates the barrel during firing, but also uses the formerly harmful pressure and heat generated during firing to repair cracks within the barrel.  

Description

Current ballistic weapons fail after prolonged use, which is unacceptable for our men and women serving in the military or on first response teams.  The failures are due to small cracks formed by harmful pressure and heat generated during firing.  Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have invented a novel method for coating the barrel of a ballistic weapon or its bullets with a unique compound that not only lubricates the barrel during firing, but also uses the formerly harmful pressure and heat generated during firing to repair cracks within the barrel.  The same lubricating and self-healing properties may also be used to improve the reliability and longevity of combustion engines. DOE has been granted U.S. Patent 8,968,827, on the technology and is seeking licensing opportunities for this innovative technology. 

Benefits

Reliability

 

Self-Healing

 

Lubricating

Applications and Industries

Ballistic Weapons, Guns, Weapons

 

Combustion Engines

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Date
Patent 8,968,827
Patent
8,968,827
Methods of forming boron nitride
A method of forming a boron nitride. The method comprises contacting a metal article with a monomeric boron-nitrogen compound and converting the monomeric boron-nitrogen compound to a boron nitride. The boron nitride is formed on the same or a different metal article. The monomeric boron-nitrogen compound is borazine, cycloborazane, trimethylcycloborazane, polyborazylene, B-vinylborazine, poly(B-vinylborazine), or combinations thereof. The monomeric boron-nitrogen compound is polymerized to form the boron nitride by exposure to a temperature greater than approximately 100.degree. C. The boron nitride is amorphous boron nitride, hexagonal boron nitride, rhombohedral boron nitride, turbostratic boron nitride, wurzite boron nitride, combinations thereof, or boron nitride and carbon. A method of conditioning a ballistic weapon and a metal article coated with the monomeric boron-nitrogen compound are also disclosed.
03/03/2015
Issued
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
S-112,097PrototypeAvailable04/01/201503/25/2015

Contact GRANT About This Technology

To: Mike Dobbs<Mike.Dobbs@science.doe.gov>