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Diver Safe Grease

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
87526
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-043-0316
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Diver Safe Grease
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-08-M-0075
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Submarine hangar areas have actuated parts (doors, hatches, etc.) that must be lubricated to ensure correct operation and long service-life. The Navy currently uses Termalene1/2, a hydrocarbon-based grease, for this purpose. Unfortunately, NAVSEA has found that Termalener off-gasses toxic compounds in pressurized environments, making it unsuitable for use in the enclosed and sealed areas encountered by divers during diving operations. For manned diving operations, the Navy currently uses Krytoxr 240AC or Halocarbon 25-5S, which are both based on fluorinated polyethers. These greases have excellent performance and do not release toxic chemicals. However, the resistance to seawater washout is low, and these expensive materials constantly have to be reapplied to ensure adequate lubrication. This constant expense is unacceptable to the Navy. TRI/Austin is proposing to develop a new diver safe grease based on combinations of fluoropolymer and hydrocarbon greases. The new grease will, at a minimum, provide the same lubrication properties as those currently used. Additionally, the grease will offer the same resistance to washout as Termalener, but will not off-gas any toxic chemicals, making it safe for use in sealed environments. The Navy can expect to save both time and money associated with the constant reapplication of the currently used materials.

Principal Investigator:

John Bulluck
Principal Investigator
5122632101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com

Business Contact:

Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
5122632101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road Austin, TX 78733

EIN/Tax ID: 742518103
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No