Wear-Resistant Coatings for Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,765.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-5031
Agency Tracking Number:
F081-040-0531
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
DIRECTED VAPOR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
2 Boar's Head Lane, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
036500804
Principal Investigator:
Erik Svedberg
Research Scientist
(434) 977-1405
eriks@directedvapor.com
Business Contact:
Harry Burns
President & CEO
(434) 977-1405
harryburns@directedvapor.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
An aircraft of today has many moving parts that are subjected to high wear conditions; naturally this puts a high demand on the reliability. The need for new coatings and approaches that improve the wear resistance is clear. Furthermore, a need for smart materials where lifetime indicators can be incorporated is a logical next step in the evolution of coatings. This SBIR proposal suggests an advanced vapor deposition process that can be used to deposit materials combinations that have a high wear resistance as well as a measurable lifetime. The process is suitable for aircraft components with non-line-of-sight areas, such as interior surfaces of pipes or even more complex shapes. The proposal further suggests a combinatorial selection process for the materials combinations that can optimize the compatibility with the substrate material as well as optimizing the wear resistance of the coating. By measuring easily accessible physical properties of the film during maintenance intervals for the aircraft component it will be possible to determine the useful lifetime for the remaining wear resistant film and arrange for replacement prior to failure.

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