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Lightweight Aluminum/Nano Composites for Automotive Drive Train Applications

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81003
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
80369S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IAP RESEARCH, INC.
2763 Culver Avenue Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Lightweight Aluminum/Nano Composites for Automotive Drive Train Applications
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84540
Award Amount: $99,914.00
 

Abstract:

In the automotive industry, a 10 percent reduction in vehicle weight corresponds to a six-to-eight percent decrease in fuel usage. Reductions in the mass of moving components (in engine and drive train components) are doubly valuable because they lead to corresponding reductions in friction within the engine, further improving efficiency. This project will develop an aluminum (Al) nanocomposite material ¿ which will combine light weight, strength, and tribological properties ¿ for use in automotive power train components. In Phase I, nano-reinforcements will be dispersed in an Al matrix at various concentrations, and the composite powders will be compacted to near-net shape and sintered. The feasibility of the processing method to obtain high-performance cost-effective material, with good strength and tribological properties, will be demonstrated. Phase II will optimize the material and fabricate a prototype power train gear. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The light-weight aluminum nanocomposites should find use in engine components in automobiles, trucks, and hybrid vehicles, leading to greater fuel economy. In addition, the composites should find use in high speed bearings, aerospace, and other military applications.

Principal Investigator:

Bhanumathi Chelluri
Dr.
9372961806
bhanu@iap.com

Business Contact:

John P. Barber
Dr.
9372961806
johnb@iap.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

IAP Research, Inc.
2763 Culver Avenue Dayton, OH 45429

EIN/Tax ID: 311007250
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No