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Development of Castings for Landing Gear aluminum forgings

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82297
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-318-1118
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-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Development of Castings for Landing Gear aluminum forgings
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8201-07-C-0046
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

For many landing gear structural components, the need for high-strength while maintaining low weight often necessitates the use of aluminum forgings. Forgings, however, require significant capital investment in tooling and the lead-times associated with producing these tools can be prohibitively long. Castings represent a relatively low cost, short lead-time alternative to forging but traditional casting processes have been unable to demonstrate sufficient mechanical properties. Eck Industries has developed an alternative process, known as ablation casting, which is capable of producing castings with significant increases in both static strength and fatigue properties relative to traditional casting processes. Wrought alloys have also been ablation cast with resulting mechanical properties similar to forged products. The cost and lead times associated with ablation tooling are similar to those of sand castings, offering a distinct advantage over forgings. Ablation casting also offers advantages in design flexibility over forgings. The focus of this SBIR is to develop design solutions that utilize ablation casting as an alternative to forging. During Phase I, a design study will be conducted for a representative landing gear component to establish the viability of ablation casting. Phase II efforts will focus on prototyping and testing the design concept from Phase I.

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