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Synthetic Lubricating & Hydraulic Oil for Motion Control, Steam Turbines and…

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Department of Defense
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue Westerville, OH 43082-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Synthetic Lubricating & Hydraulic Oil for Motion Control, Steam Turbines and Gears, Military Symbol 2190-TEP Replacement
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-04-C-4501
Award Amount: $69,995.00


Existing MIL-PRF-17331 organic petroleum based (mineral) fluids (military symbol 2190-TEP) no longer exhibit acceptable performance at the high performance levels required of Navy submarine platforms. The service life of fluids procured in accordance with MIL-PRF-17331 have experienced high depletion rates of fluid anti-oxidant (AO) additive packages, sharp increases in fluid Total Acid Number (TAN) and severe off-gassing events during the extended operation. In addition, increasingly high oil replacement and disposal costs consume dwindling fleet maintenance dollars. New lubricant formulation technology is needed to deliver high quality synthetic fluids to the fleet that are capable of extending operating service life, and exhibiting a high resistance to the fluid degradation and oxidation phenomena. Under the proposed program, METSS will formulate and produce completely new synthetic lubricating and hydraulic fluids that will lower shipboard maintenance costs, improve the operational readiness of various critical ship systems, and extend the performance and service life of high precision propulsion and motion control devices shipboard. To meet the Navy's requirements, METSS will focus on combining hydrolytically stable synthetic basestocks and additives to produce a new class of marine lubricants with superior performance properties with respect to antiwear characteristics, oxidative stability and corrosion protection. The proposed program will also address additional issues related to personnel safety, environmental impact and use costs.

Principal Investigator:

Richard Sapienza
Senior Scientist

Business Contact:

Kenneth Heater
Small Business Information at Submission:

300 Westdale Avenue Westerville, OH 43082

EIN/Tax ID: 311461458
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No