Wear-Resistant Coatings for Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-5031
Agency Tracking Number: F081-040-0531
Amount: $99,765.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-040
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
2 Boar's Head Lane, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
DUNS: 036500804
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Erik Svedberg
 Research Scientist
 (434) 977-1405
Business Contact
 Harry Burns
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (434) 977-1405
Email: harryburns@directedvapor.com
Research Institution
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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