Warpage/Distortion in Machining 7050-T7451 Alloy Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5242
Agency Tracking Number: F061-087-2213
Amount: $99,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF06-087
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Duns: 929505113
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Snider
 Program Manager
 (304) 848-5929
 jsnider@aurora.aero
Business Contact
 Sharon Roberts
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (703) 369-3633
Email: 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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