Atmospheric Plasma Surface Activation of High Strength Steels for Electroplating

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8222-17-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: F171-003-0079
Amount: $149,957.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-05-13
Small Business Information
11301 Penny Road, Cary, NC, 27518
DUNS: 196418052
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Yancey
 (919) 341-8325
Business Contact
 Olga Asanov
Phone: (919) 341-8325
Research Institution
The current surface activation process used to activate the surface of landing gear parts uses an aggressive grit blasting technique prior to electroplating. This technique is effective, but requires large amounts of blast media, requires a pre-cleaned surface and the process removes up to 0.1mils of substrate, much more than necessary. There is an urgent need for a process that can easily and effectively activate surfaces for electroplating without removing more than a few atoms of substrate. Atmospheric Plasma Solutions, Inc. (APS) has developed an Atmospheric Plasma Surface Treatment (APST) technology that can quickly and effectively surface activate a wide variety of substrates using only air and electricity by producing a cold, atmospheric pressure plasma beam which is directed at the surface to be activated. Any organic surface contaminants and loose inorganic debris is etched away leaving a nearly atomically clean surface. This proposed effort will focus on development of a conceptual design of this application, demonstrating the feasibility of the approach, and ensuring the ability of the APST process to meet stated DoD requirements. This effort will also lay the groundwork for subsequent scale-up of the process and further engineering development.

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