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SBIR Phase I: Ultra-Low Wear Coatings Based on a Novel Family of Aromatic…

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2011 / SBIR
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ATSP Innovations
60 Hazelwood Dr. Champaign, IL 61820-7460
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: SBIR Phase I: Ultra-Low Wear Coatings Based on a Novel Family of Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyesters
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1113825
Award Amount: $147,859.00


This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop an Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester (ATSP) system and process it into highly-effective wear resistant coatings. Surface treatments and coatings are key to improving wear performance and durability in a wide array of applications. In this project, different ATSP powder blends will be studied. Coatings of ATSP/PTFE blends on metal substrates (using sintering) will be produced. Tribological tests of these coatings under industrially-relevant conditions will be performed. Preliminary spray coatings from the ATSP powder blends will also be explored. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to provide ultra-low wear coatings for mechanical devices, such as air-conditioning and refrigeration compressors, to replace the liquid lubricants. Recent preliminary research on air-conditioning and refrigeration compressor surfaces has shown that high-performance and recyclable ATSP system exhibit low friction coefficient and at least one order of magnitude reduction in wear rate compared to the state-of-art polymeric coatings. Blends of ATSP with other polymers and additives have the potential to offer low-cost and versatile wear resistant coatings for applications in engines, pumps and compressors.

Principal Investigator:

James Economy

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James Economy
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ATSP Innovations
4602 Copper Ridge Rd Champaign, IL 61820-7460

EIN/Tax ID: 273789911
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No