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Rifling Gun Barrels with Waterjets

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Ormond, LLC
4718 B Street NW Suite 104 Auburn, WA 98001-
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Rifling Gun Barrels with Waterjets
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0122
Award Amount: $149,800.00


Refractory alloys such as tantalum-tungsten and ceramics are being pursued as a solution to high temperature erosive wear of gun barrels. However rifling of these materials with conventional broaching and electrochemical milling is proving to be difficult. This proposal seeks to demonstrate an innovative alternate grooving method, abrasive waterjet grooving. Waterjets are normally used to cut completely through materials but Ormond has developed a proprietary technique and software that uses waterjets to mill to a controlled depth. The process is being used to groove long channels in high temperature metals for scramjets, cooling channels in rocket nozzles, fluid channels in fuel cells and is even capable of milling grooves in silicon carbide and rhenium. This project will consist of modifying an Ormond milling nozzle to groove the 25 mm inside diameter of tubes and grooving of tantalum and silicon nitride. Cost projections indicate that this would be a very inexpensive approach and suitable for production operations. The innovative process is flexible and can be used for other barrel liner materials such as silicon carbide and ceramic composites. This project will demonstrate that the tolerances and surface finish required for rifling can be achieved economically with the new waterjet grooving process.

Principal Investigator:

Tom Butler
(253) 852-1298

Business Contact:

Tom Butler
(253) 852-1298
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ormond, LLC
4718 B Street NW Suite 104 Au, WA -

EIN/Tax ID: 912089868
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No