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Environmentally-Compliant Inorganic Material(s) for Corrosion and/or Wear Protection of Structural Metals on Military Aircraft and Weapon Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-C-5028
Agency Tracking Number: F15A-T31-0045b
Amount: $749,985.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF15-AT31
Solicitation Number: 15.A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-24
Small Business Information
PO Box 60007 1501 Cook Pl
Santa Barbara, CA 93160
United States
DUNS: 607836293
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ralph Tapphorn
 VP of Technology
 (805) 571-6200
Business Contact
 Dr. Ralph M. Tapphorn
Phone: (805) 571-6200
Research Institution
 The Aerospace Corporation
 John LaGrandeur John LaGrandeur
PO Box 92957 - M2/248 2310 East El Segundo Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245
United States

 (310) 336-7222
 Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC)

The proposed project will focus on qualifying amorphous-iron Particle Reinforced Metal Matrix Composite (PRMMC) coatings as replacements for Electrolytic Hard Chrome (EHC) and HVOF WC- Co wear and corrosion resistant coatings on high-strength steel components. These legacy coatings have been identified on the OSD Emerging Contaminants Watch or Action Lists, and future manufacture and maintenance of military aircraft and weapon system components will require use of Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) compliant materials to meet the needs of the Department of Defense. Inovati demonstrated through the prior STTR Phase II project that amorphous-iron PRMMC coatings have good prospects for providing alternative coatings that are Heavy Metal Free (HMF) with wear and corrosion resistance comparable to these legacy coatings. Qualifying these environmentally compliant coatings to a TRL of 7 for transition to military depots for maintenance and life extension sustainment of military aircraft and weapon system components is the primary objective of this project.

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