TECHNOLOGY:  

Allvar Alloys for Optics

AFFILIATION:   Thermal Expansion Solutions, Inc, College Station, Texas, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Advanced Materials
Area: Structural & Multifunctional Materials
Tech Readiness: TRL 4

Tech Brief: Unlike most materials that naturally expand with increasing temperature, Allvar alloys can be tuned to expand, contract, or not change shape when heated. This makes it ideal for keeping lenses used for surveillance and reconnaissance focused even in the extreme temperature environments experienced by aircraft and satellites.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The military’s continual appetite for improved optical and infrared sensors is spurred by the need for good intelligence and precise information. Optical assemblies designed with Allvar alloys have optimal resolution at a much wider temperature range than today’s systems. This optimal performance is agnostic to geographic location, altitude, and temperature. These optical assemblies are better suited to meet the mission critical performance requirements of U.S. Military assets specifically in surveillance and reconnaissance. While we are initially focusing on optics for manned and unmanned aircraft, Allvar has the potential to improve the wide array of optical systems currently used in satellites, tactical vehicles, armored vehicles, and special operations equipment. In short, Allvar stabilized optics collect more accurate information for decision making, from the strategic level down to the tactical level, which can conserve resources and save lives.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Booth Number: T817