Compact Powerfeed Drill for Limited Access Drilling

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-06-C-0125
Agency Tracking Number:
N053-146-0552
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-146
Solicitation Number:
2005.3
Small Business Information
BECK ENGINEERING
3319 21st Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054758185
Principal Investigator:
Douglas Beck
Engineer
(306) 876-9710
dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact:
Douglas Beck
President
(306) 876-9710
dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy needs a compact drill with controlled powerfeed for drilling holes in limited access areas of aircraft structures. We propose to adapt technology we are developing for a compact high-speed high-power milling spindle to develop a compact powerfeed drill for the Navy. Our drill uses compact high-stiffness large-damping hydrostatic bearings which: minimize the distance from the centerline of the spindle to the top of the drill housing; minimize the overall size and weight of the drill; and provide a large amount of damping, which leads to smooth holes and long tool life. Our drill uses direct liquid-turbine drive, which can generate large torques in a compact space claim with few parts that can wear. Our drill uses a hydraulic feed system to generate required controlled thrust forces with a compact cavity size. In Phase I, we will: develop a design for a pre-prototype drill; provide a simulation of our drill machining provided F-35 part models; and demonstrate a breadboard compact powerfeed drill. In Phase II, we will build and demonstrate a prototype drill. In Phase III, we will sell our compact powerfeed drill to the government and the private sector.

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