High Strength, Affordable Helicopter Gears

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-04-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: A032-0616
Amount: $118,669.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-078
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
7261 Engle Road, Suite 105, Cleveland, OH, 44130
DUNS: 101533339
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 B. Ferguson
 (440) 234-8477
Business Contact
 B. Ferguson
Title: President
Phone: (440) 234-8477
Email: lynn.ferguson@deformationcontrol.co
Research Institution
The Army's Rotorcraft Force Modernization Fleet requires a substantial increase in main gearbox power density, with minimal impact on the gearbox interface. Instead of increasing gearbox size and transmission weight, this project seeks to accommodate the higher power density requirements through designed material processing techniques, integrating several state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to specifically improve the gear material contact and bending fatigue strengths. In Phase I, a novel heat treating method called "Intensive Quenching", as well as superfinishing will be investigated to determine the feasibility of improving the bending fatigue life of the Pyrowear 53 steel by at least 25% over conventional processing.

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