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Portable Kinetic Metallization Process and Device for Minor Structural and Protective Coating Repair of Aluminum and High-Strength Steels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0168
Agency Tracking Number: N072-122-0126c
Amount: $5,351,764.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-122
Solicitation Number: 07.2
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-11-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-11-28
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

Inovati to proposes to train Air Force staff on operation of the prototype Kinetic Metallization System (KMS) equipment delivered and installed at WPAFB with prototype software for repairing F-16 wheels and A-10 NLG pistons and other aircraft components enabled by deployment of a robot with extended axis capabilities integrated with the KMS equipment. The objective of this project to deliver a prototype KMS with qualified repairs to enable non-structural, dimensional restoration of various assets which have no current repair methods and which are typically long procurement lead time items. This research work also includes qualification testing the various repairs and restoration coatings for application on USAF aircraft components, and expands application capability to high-strength steels. The KMS deliverable and customized system will mimic base material properties to the greatest extent possible such that the parts can be processed through existing overhaul processes (e.g. cadmium, chrome, anodize, LHEZnNi) with minimal need for established processing modification due to the coatings or repairs.

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