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Advanced Aluminum Cost-effective Joining

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-142
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Advanced Aluminum Cost-effective Joining
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-10-M-0051
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Friction stir welding (FSW) can produce stronger, lighter, and more efficient welds than any previous process. In aluminum assemblies, FSW provides improved joint strength, fatigue properties and crack resistance compared to conventional arc welded joints. One of the current barriers to widespread use of FSW is that the process generally requires the use of clamping systems that are often cumbersome, complex, and expensive. Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (TRI/Austin) will team with Remmele Engineering, Inc. (Remmele) to develop and demonstrate a new and innovative friction stir welding process enhancement, by which components can be efficiently friction stir welded without the need of expensive and cumbersome clamping systems. The use of the proposed new technology with FSW will offer economic advantages over the current FSW practice of using complex clamping systems. The new technology can make the FSW process more affordable by decreasing tooling costs and preparation time, and can increase assembly rates. TRI/Austin and Remmele anticipate that this new technology will facilitate the design of FSW assemblies for Naval applications that would otherwise be impractical due to the difficulty of clamping.

Principal Investigator:

Harry Perkinson
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
Small Business Information at Submission:

Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX 78733

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No