Plasma Stabilization and Control of Titanium Welding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-07-C-0124
Agency Tracking Number: A062-046-1358
Amount: $1,970,770.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-046
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 899, Enfield, NH, 03748
DUNS: 196519511
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nabil Elkouh
 (603) 632-4156
Business Contact
 Wm. Baschnagel
Title: Vice President - Operatio
Phone: (603) 632-4156
Research Institution
Welding titanium is becoming increasingly important to the Army, and this trend will accelerate as low-cost titanium becomes available. To facilitate the use of titanium in a growing set of cost-sensitive applications, rapid, reliable, and inexpensive joining processes must be established. For high production rate applications, pulsed gas metal arc welding (P-GMAW) offers such a possibility, although much development work remains to optimize this process for widespread use. During Phase I, Erigo Technologies and its partner American Engineering and Manufacturing (AEM), with the support of Lincoln Electric, developed a new single-pulse P-GMAW waveform for titanium. The waveform development work will be continued in Phase II, with the end goal of producing a set of waveforms that covers most operating conditions for GMAW of titanium. In addition, we will investigate modifications to the shield gas flow of the GMAW torch to eliminate the requirement for a supplemental trailing shield.

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