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Quasicrystalline Thin Films For Corrosion Inhibition Of Aircraft Components and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62361
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-3902
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Quasicrystalline Thin Films For Corrosion Inhibition Of Aircraft Components and Assemblies
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: F33615-03-M-5017
Award Amount: $99,753.00
 

Abstract:

Due to force restructuring to air expeditionary units, aging aircraft are having to play an increasingly important role. Maintenance becomes an major readiness and operational issue. Annual costs of maintenance of corrosion-induce degradation alreadytops $800M per year. Landing gears are particularly susceptible to wear- and corrosion-induced degradation. Aluminum and steel alloys are either strong or corrosion resistant but not both. Anodizing, vapor deposited chromium, and flame sprayed aluminumsolve some problems while creating others. A new potential alternative is quasicrystalline thin films. They are hard, corrosion inhibiting, and are deposited at low temperatures. They can be deposited onto large landing gear components by vacuum deposition, onto small components such asfasteners by batch processing, and onto both large and small components and assemblies by hand-held plasma spraying. Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. is proposing to demonstrate the feasibility of using quasicrystalline thin films as a corrosioninhibiting coating for landing gear components and structures. There are innumerable commercial applications for an easily applied, durable, hard corrosion inhibiting coating. These include commercial aircraft, automobile components, and top-side shipboard structures.

Principal Investigator:

David Palaith
Senior Scientist
3012618373
palaith@techassess.com

Business Contact:

Sharon Fehrenbacher
CEO
3012618373
info@techassess.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT & TRANSFER, INC.
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212 Annapolis, MD 21401

EIN/Tax ID: 521253097
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No