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Field Rail Welding with the Electroslag Welding Process

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94768
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-10-C-10041
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
10.1-FR5
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EST&D LLC
9449 N.W. Kaiser Portland, OR 97231
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Field Rail Welding with the Electroslag Welding Process
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-10-C-10041
Award Amount: $99,910.00
 

Abstract:

  The two most frequently used field rail welding processes, thermite and flash-butt, have limitations.  The thermite process, though less expensive and more portable, sometimes produces welds with inclusions which can limit short term quality and long term fatigue life.  Flash-butt, which produces a very high quality weld, is not as portable as thermite.  SBIR solicitation 10.1 FR5 requires a new welding process that 1) produces industry quality rail welds, 2) reduces required track time, 3) reduces weld cost and 4) produces a prototype welding system that is portable and reusable. This project proposal has two objectives: 1) make AREMA specification quality welds with the Electroslag Welding Process (ESW), and 2) fabricate and assemble the components unique to an ESW field equipment package that reduce costs and track time per weld. Recent reported research has demonstrated that the ESW process holds promise for fulfilling the SBIR requirements.  Capital equipment, materials and welding procedures have been researched and improved and will be applied to this project.

Principal Investigator:

Dan Danks
Owner
5033183877
drdanks@teleport.com

Business Contact:

Dan Danks
Owner
5033183877
drdanks@teleport.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

EST&D LLC
9449 N.W. Kaiser Portland, OR 97231

EIN/Tax ID: 931273568
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No