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LITS-Forming for Pre-Bending of Alumiunum Hydroformed Truck Frames

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
56807
Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
70817S02-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: LITS-Forming for Pre-Bending of Alumiunum Hydroformed Truck Frames
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG03-02ER83524
Award Amount: $99,858.00
 

Abstract:

70817 The load carrying capacity of large trucks could be increased by 9 percent if the truck frames were produced from aluminum alloy rather than steel. If 50% of the U.S. fleet of trucks were produced with aluminum frames, there would be a fuel savings of 32 million barrels of fuel annually. This project will develop a process to pre-form aluminum tubes for the hydroforming production of aluminum alloy truck frames. Phase I will: (1) demonstrate the basic feasibility of forming medium diameter tubes using Vortek lamp technology (developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), with optics capable of tube forming for medium (up to 5¿ diameter) size tubing; (2) identify the significant technical barriers to forming large diameter tubes; (3) develop the basic control technology to automate the forming of tubes using the Vortek lamp energy source; and (4) prepare a detailed plan for a pilot plant in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: This technology should help truck and bus owners and operators cut fuel and operating costs. Additionally, the Department of Defense, a major owner and operator of trucks, should benefit from reduced logistics costs associated with the transportation of fuel during operations.

Principal Investigator:

Jerry E. Jones
3033797942
jejones@aol.com

Business Contact:

Valerie L. Rhoades
70817
3032797942
vlrhoades@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Native American Technologies Company
P.O. Box 39 Golden, CO 80402

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