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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:
2008 / 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-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Develop Aluminum Metal Matrix Components (Al MMC) and Manufacturing Applications for both Military and Commercial Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0026
Award Amount: $729,990.00
 

Abstract:

GS Engineering has developed a lightweight aluminum metal matrix brake drum that was demonstrated under Phase I to pass the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 dynamometer performance test at 10,000 lb axle rating. The aluminum MMC brake drum is 45% lighter than the comparable cast iron brake drum, offering significant potential weight savings to both military and commercial vehicles. Continuation of this development effort will focus three areas, 1) optimizing the casting process to produce a sound composite casting, 2) optimize the friction couple - the MMC surface and the liner materials, and 3) inertia dynamometer testing to ensure long term durability. This development effort will be focused on producing lightweight brake drums that are ready for vehicle testing. Once the lightweight brake drum concept has been fully proven, the design work will commence on larger aluminum MMC brake drums where even greater weight savings is expected.

Principal Investigator:

Glen Simula
President
9063702565
glen.simula@gsengineering.com

Business Contact:

Andrew Halonen
Business Development Mana
9063704984
andrew.halonen@gsengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GS ENGINEERING, INC.
47500 US Hwy 41 Houghton, MI 49931

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