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Innovative Erosion-Resistant Coating Materials/Concepts for Leading Edges on…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
59745
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N022-0962
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ANALYTICAL SERVICES & MATERIALS, INC.
107 Research Drive Hampton, VA 23666
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Innovative Erosion-Resistant Coating Materials/Concepts for Leading Edges on Composite Rotor Blades
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-04-C-0079
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

The Navy's helicopters and aircraft encounter dust, salt and water laden environments. The impact of sand and water droplets onto the rotor blades at high velocities causes rotor life to drop drastically. The cost of replacing and maintaining rotor blades is a significant factor. The current solution is to use metallic abrasion strips that offer limited protection. AS&M has been developing a coating that provides superior erosion protection. AS&M's coating is a nano-composite reinforced elastomer with superior erosion resistance. The coating resists erosion by absorbing a part of the impact energy. In Phase I, the applicability of AS&M's coating on composite material was demonstrated. AS&M's coating was found to have adequate adhesion, uniformity, smoothness, high velocity sand erosion and cavitation properties. It was also found to be applicable on a range of substrates - aluminum, stainless steel, nickel, titanium and steel. In Phase II, we propose to further develop the material to improve its thermal conductivity and optimize the composition to demonstrate combined sand and rain erosion resistance in the whirling arm test. The up-scaling capabilities will be established by standardizing the technology-related issues that include specification of raw materials, mixing, spray processing, finishing, field applicability and repair.

Principal Investigator:

Karl E. Wiedemann
Senior Scientist
7578657093
karl@asm-usa.com

Business Contact:

Jalaiah Unnam
President
7578657093
unnam@asm-usa.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ANALYTICAL SERVICES & MATERIALS, INC.
107 Research Drive Hampton, VA 23666

EIN/Tax ID: 541244719
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No