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REQUEST # 67563                 Modified Alumina for Smaller Electrical Isolators RESPONSE DUE DATE: November 18, 2011 MAN...
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Modified Alumina for Smaller Electrical Isolators

  1. 1. REQUEST # 67563 Modified Alumina for Smaller Electrical Isolators RESPONSE DUE DATE: November 18, 2011 MANAGER: David Feitler, Ph.D. SOLUTION PROVIDER HELP DESK EMAIL: PHONE: +1-216-283-3901 Opportunity Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, proof of (click buttons above) concept leading to scale up to manufacturing, joint development agreement Timeline Phase 1 – Proof of concept by May 2012 Phase 2 – Joint development of product(s) to be started by July 2012 Financials Funding of up to $100,000 may be made available to qualified proposalsREQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION At the same time insulators are a commodity itemNineSigma, on Global Supplier of Electrical subject to market expectations and the use ofSubsytems invites proposals for improved, low- exotic materials to meet performance demands iscost electrical isolators. blocked by the need to keep costs low. Thus preferred approaches to size reduction are toThe successful technology will provide an explore gains possible from modified aluminas,alumina based isolator material (ceramics) where chemical and physical modifications canhaving : be considered.  Relative Permittivity from 8-12  Temperature stability up to 1200⁰C As a baseline, alumina has a dielectric strength of just under 17 kV/mm. An improvement factor  High Tension Strength (2000N) of 5 is needed.  High Dielectric Strength (80-160kV/mm)  Good manufacturing reliability POSSIBLE APPROACHESBACKGROUND Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:The global drive for efficiency is reducing the sizeof many electrical systems while maintaining or  Doping of Aluminaincreasing the power density of the system. For  Porosity reductionsome components, such as insulators, the  Grain Structure Optimizationreduced dimensions are limited by the physicalproperties of materials used in the components.  Laminated structures  Optimization of state-of-the-art ceramicsAlumina based ceramics are often used as an manufacturing processeselectrical isolator. As the amount of material isreduced the electrical isolation capability isreduced as well the strength of the component. Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium RFP format and graphics© Copyright 2011 NineSigma, Inc
  2. 2. NineSigma Request # 67563 Modified Alumina for Smaller Electrical Isolators Page 2ANTICIPATED PROJECT PHASES OR PROJECT PLANPhase 1 – Bench demonstration of strength and In addition to essential proposal contentdielectric properties. Determination of intellectual described above, some items that will be makeproperty status and licensing/production options your proposal more compelling are:Phase 2 –Third party pilot manufacturing, testing  Intellectual property status and freedom to practiceCRITERIA FOR MOVING FROM PHASE 1 TO PHASE 2  Business relationship soughtAvailable samples meet above statedrequirements:  Relative Permittivity from 8-12 NON-CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURE  Temperature stability up to 1200 ⁰C By submitting a Response you represent that the Response does not and will not be deemed to contain  High Tension Strength (2000N) any confidential information of any kind whatsoever.  High Dielectric Strength (80-160kV/mm)  Good manufacturing reliability Your Response should be an executive summary (about 3 pages). The Response should briefly describe the technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background, and description ofAPPROPRIATE RESPONDERS TO THIS REQUEST the responding team and their related experience.Responses from companies (small to large), By submitting a Response, you acknowledge thatacademic researchers, other research institutes, NineSigma’s client reserves the sole and absolute rightconsultants, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, or and discretion to select for award all, some, or none ofinventors are welcome. For Example: the Responses received for this announcement. NineSigma’s client also may choose to select only specific tasks within a proposal for award. NineSigmasYou represent a manufacturer of advanced client has the sole and absolute discretion to determinethermal insulation materials that have high all award amounts.strength and unexpectedly high electricalresistance that is not proven for electricalapplications RESPONSE EVALUATION NineSigma’s client will evaluate the Response using theOr following criteria:  Overall scientific and technical merit of theYou are an academic researcher with specific proposed approachknowledge of alumina or other ceramic  Approach to proof of concept or performanceformulations or manufacturing methods  Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is theapplicable to this problem technology novel or protectable)  Economic potential of concept  Respondent’s capabilities and related experienceOr  Realism of the proposed plan and cost estimatesYou represent a company possessing a ready The client will contact respondents with highlysolution. responsive proposals for next steps.RESPONDING TO THIS REQUESTThe proposal template provides both an easymeans of responding to this request and aframework for best presenting your response toNineSigma’s client. It also contains informationabout how NineSigma presents responses to ourclient. Responding to each bullet point in theRequest for Proposal Description on page onewherever possible is essential. For morecomplete guidance on writing a good proposalplease follow the link to our Guide to WritingNon-Confidential Proposals. Offices: Cleveland - USA, Tokyo - Japan, Leuven - Belgium