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Development and Evaluation of Near Frictionless Carbon for Shipboard…

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Department of Defense
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2002 / SBIR
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UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Development and Evaluation of Near Frictionless Carbon for Shipboard Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-03-C-3031
Award Amount: $69,986.00


Near frictionless carbon (NFC) coating, a form of amorphous carbon that has a friction coefficient of less than 0.001 when measured in dry nitrogen, has been developed at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This coating has potentials for manyapplications including that of naval shipboard. Naval ships contain many systems such as pumps, fans, windlasses, winches, steering gear, reduction gears, door and hatch hinges, elevators and gun mounts, that have rotating and sliding wear surfaces.Currently used lubricants and coatings do not provide long lasting protection against wear and corrosion in marine environment. UES, Inc. and ANL have teamed up for the development of NFC coating using a large area filtered cathodic arc plasma techniqueand evaluate the coating for performance under simulated marine environment. Near frictionless carbon coating has potential in numerous commercial applications. Examples are: piston rings, gears and bearing components, cams and cam-roller followers, fuelinjectors, air conditioning compressors, etc.

Principal Investigator:

Rabi S. Bhattacharya
Div Mgr/Prin Scientist

Business Contact:

Francis F. Williams, Jr.
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ues, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH 45432

EIN/Tax ID: 310797776
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No