Ionic Liquid Lubrication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0163
Agency Tracking Number: F045-018-0021
Amount: $749,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF04-T018
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
COVALENT ASSOCIATES, INC.
10 State Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 040191686
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Victor Koch
 President & CEO
 (781) 938-1140
 koch@covalentassociates.com
Business Contact
 Linda Morrison
Title: Clerk of the Corporation
Phone: (781) 938-1140
Email: morrison@covalentassociates.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF DAYTON
 Robert P Boehmer
 Research Institute, 300 College Park
Dayton, OH, 45469
 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The U.S. Air Force requires advanced lubricants that will outperform state-of-the-art lubricants at elevated temperatures and under a high vacuum for a broad spectrum of military and aerospace applications. Additionally, the rapidly growing field of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) requires advanced lubricants for extremely low-torque moving parts that are incorporated into microscopic actuators. Based on the Phase I data collected by Covalent and by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), we have identified several ionic liquid materials that possess unprecedented thermochemical and tribological properties as base fluid lubricants. During Phase II these base fluid lubricants, along with a number of additional ionic liquid materials that belong to this class, will be prepared and purified by us. The UDRI, in concert with a domestic lubricants company, will evaluate Covalent’s new materials in respect to their thermal stabilities and anticorrosive properties, and most importantly, their tribological properties at the extremes of temperature under conditions of boundary and hydrodynamic lubrication.

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