Warpage/Distortion in Machining 7050-T7451 Alloy Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,910.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-06-M-5242
Agency Tracking Number:
F061-087-2213
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF06-087
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
929505113
Principal Investigator:
Jay Snider
Program Manager
(304) 848-5929
jsnider@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Sharon Roberts
Director of Contracts
(703) 369-3633
sroberts@aurora.aero
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The machining of structures from materials such as titanium is typically accomplished using end mills and roughing 90 to 95 percent of the material to leave precise, complex features on thin walled structures. High speed machining is widely used in the manufacture of parts and reduces labor significantly. Single Cell Machining will be developed to produce structures which require machining and low stress grinding in a single cell with minimal operator input. Several approaches will be examined to produce required parts in a single cell while providing operators with the flexibility to implement different solutions depending upon equipment already in place. Three methods will be explored - NC lathes, mill/turn centers and multiple machines with robotic transfer assistance. Up to 60% unit cost reduction is projected for Single Cell Machining depending on material and part geometry.

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