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Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Silicon Nitride Rolling Elements for Bearings

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
92907
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F083-109-0909
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Silicon Nitride Rolling Elements for Bearings
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-09-M-2991
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

Hybrid silicon nitride ceramic rolling element/metal ring bearing technology is a valid candidate to meet the high performance requirements of gas turbine aircraft engines and hybrid bearings are beginning to be introduced into engines aboard aircraft. However, success in these demanding applications requires the development of a reliable, high throughput non-destructive evaluation (NDE) method that can offer 100% inspection of each ceramic rolling element at manufacturing and maintenance facilities. Southwest Sciences proposes an innovative optical NDE method that will provide automated, real time and reliable detection of surface and subsurface defects that can compromise bearing performance and operational safety. The method will meet the detection and throughput criteria specified by the Air Force. BENEFIT: The proposed optical NDE method will improve the cost effectiveness of hybrid bearing technology by reducing the inspection time and cost. Operational perfomance and safety of engines and turbines incorporating these bearings will be improved. Military and commercial aircraft engine manufacturers, ceramic bearing manufacturers, and the industrial gas turbine industry will benefit from the technology developed under this SBIR project.

Principal Investigator:

Kristen A. Peterson
President
5059841322
dyuhas@imsysinc.com

Business Contact:

Alan C. Stanton
Vice President
5059841322
myuhas@imsysinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SOUTHWEST SCIENCES, INC.
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505

EIN/Tax ID: 850340320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No