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High Temperature Bushings for Tracked Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
74001
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-128-1273
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GS Engineering Inc.
47500 U.S. Hwy 41 Houghton, MI 49931-9061
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: High Temperature Bushings for Tracked Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-06-C-0101
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Bushing degradation in tracked vehicles has attracted attention in the recent conflicts in hot, arid environments around the globe. Due to the increased ambient temperatures and the need for speed and agility, bushings are experiencing higher forces and higher temperatures. Due to this combined effect, bushings are deteriorating quickly, and require service too often. A solution combining advanced materials and engineering know how has GSE and its partners believing that we can come with a solution. With comprehensive knowledge of track systems and military vehicle GSE will use FE analysis to optimize the bushing design taking into account: actual track loads and temperature, material properties, coating techniques, and assembly methods to offer a solution that will significantly prolong the life of the track systems. Specifically, the track tension and rotation will be decoupled. In conjunction with the numerical analysis, optimized bushing designs will be fabricated and tested in a T158LL track bushing simulation machine at KRC. Numerical results can be matched with instrumented experimental data to gain confidence in FE predictions. The bushing designs then can be further optimized and narrowed down to offer a turn key track bushing solution.

Principal Investigator:

Glen Simula
President
9064821235
glen.simula@gsengineering.com

Business Contact:

Glen Simula
President
9064821235
glen.simula@gsengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GS ENGINEERING, INC.
101 West Lakeshore Drive Houghton, MI 49931

EIN/Tax ID: 383611785
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No