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Innovative Materials/Concepts for Grease Lubricated Bearings

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75250
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N052-089-0435
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SURFACES RESEARCH & APPLICATIONS, INCO
8330 Melrose Drive Lenexa, KS 66214-1630
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Innovative Materials/Concepts for Grease Lubricated Bearings
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-06-C-0026
Award Amount: $79,137.00
 

Abstract:

The U.S. Navy is seeking innovative concepts to substantially improve life of grease-packed hanger bearings on the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey aircraft. Hanger bearings are especially maintenance-intensive and short-lived. Extending maintenance intervals and increasing bearing life several-fold are goals to be met. Our approach will provide a novel grease that reduces bearing wear many-fold and has extraordinary resistance to oil breakdown. Our grease will not only achieve these goals, but will provide dramatically lower friction. Frictional heat currently prevents bearings from running at desired optimal speeds. Surfaces Research proposes a novel materials approach to address all of these bearing issues as well as provide the Navy with new cutting-edge technology. We propose our innovative grease to lubricate ceramic (silicon nitride) hybrid bearings. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc will partner to provide detailed specifics on bearing performance and hanger bearings. Bell will evaluate Surfaces Research greases in stainless steel and hybrid bearings in their hanger bearing test rig. Our approach will resolve V-22 hanger bearing issues, and will also find numerous related applications.

Principal Investigator:

Barbara J. Kinzig
Principal Investigator
9135411221
bkatsr@surfacesresearch.com

Business Contact:

Barbara J. Kinzig
President/CEO
9135411221
bkatsr@surfacesresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SURFACES RESEARCH & APPLICATIONS, INC.
8330 Melrose Drive Lenexa, KS 66214

EIN/Tax ID: 481040140
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No