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Electroless Nickel-Boron Coating for Enhanced Engine Performance

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-034
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Electroless Nickel-Boron Coating for Enhanced Engine Performance
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911W6-11-C-0006
Award Amount: $69,959.00


Current engines used in UAVf?Ts are useful but they are lacking in efficiency and power. A significant amount of power and efficiency loss can be traced back to losses found in the combustion chamber/hot section of the engine. The best solution is one that does not require extensive fabrication to the existing combustion chamber. It is highly unlikely that a new material will provide the bulk and surface properties required without significantly compromising functionality or cost. Mainstream believes that a Nickel Boron (Ni-B) coating is the most practical solution, because it performs just as well or better than other coatings but it is not harmful to the environment. Mainstream has identified an existing technology that can improve wear resistance, durability, piston ring blow-by, and reduce friction for components when it is applied. Mainstream will demonstrate this enhancement for various engine components in Phase I. In Phase II, Mainstream will propose to operate the enhanced engine components in a full-scale prototype. Mainstreamf?Ts innovative technology will not only be useful for the performance of Army UAVf?Ts but also for commercial engines, turbines, and other components that would benefit from reduced friction and wear.

Principal Investigator:

Adam Grisdale
PI/Mechanical Engineer

Business Contact:

Michael Rizzo
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center Rockledge, FL 32955

EIN/Tax ID: 592744408
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No