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Develop Aluminum Metal Matrix Components (Al MMC) and Manufacturing…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81619
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-204-0668
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GS Engineering, Inc.
47500 US Hwy 41 Houghton, MI 49931-9061
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Develop Aluminum Metal Matrix Components (Al MMC) and Manufacturing Applications for both Military and Commercial Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-08-C-0066
Award Amount: $69,976.00
 

Abstract:

Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) materials have been available since the 1950's. The reason MMCs are not called out as a material choice by vehicle design engineers is because they have not proven to be cost effective. A successful MMC program is one that delivers an extremely lightweight component at a cost target affordable to the weight sensitive wheeled vehicle market segments. The contractor will utilize Century 3+ Ring Extruder technology to mass produce ceramic preforms with consistency and reliability for safety critical components such as brake drums. The contractor chose a selective reinforcement strategy where the ceramic will only be positioned in areas of need. This approach minimizes raw material cost; eliminates unnecessary MMC machining costs; and allows for ductility & toughness where it is needed in a component. The contractor has prior experience in the design, manufacture, and testing of MMC-reinforced steering arms, brake drums, brake calipers, track shoes, and connecting rods. The contractor has a large customer base that includes many of the military truck vehicle manufacturers, and these relationships will be important when there is the opportunity to integrate the component to the vehicle.

Principal Investigator:

Glen Simula
President
9064821235
glen.simula@gsengineering.com

Business Contact:

Andrew Halonen
Business Development Manager
9064821235
andrew.halonen@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