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Durable, Low Friction Coatings For Air Cycle Machine Foil Bearings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0218
Agency Tracking Number: N16A-005-0213
Amount: $79,931.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N16A-T005
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-05-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-30
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Larry Fehrenbacher
 (410) 224-3710
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
 Southwest Research Institute
 Peter Lee
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238
United States

 (210) 522-5545
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Technology Assessment and Transfer will demonstrate the potential of novel, low friction and low wear coatings that are capable of providing long term durability for air cycle machine foil bearings. A systematic approach with a high probability of success includes the following: unique low friction, wear resistant alloys and lubricating ceramic composites, magnetron sputtering, the ideal method for depositing thin, adherent single and multilayer coatings on high temperature alloy substrates; comprehensive characterization methods - XRD, SEM, EDS to optimize coating chemistry and microstructure; wide temperature range tests of friction and wear including start-stop tests to determine and compare the capabilities and potential of the experimental foil and journal coatings for enhanced performance.

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