Advanced Nano Composite Coating for Gear Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA3002-18-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number: F182-005-0099
Amount: $49,569.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-005
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-02
Small Business Information
142 Cara Court, Locust, NC, 28097
DUNS: 129775834
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Darren Burgess, PhD
 (704) 888-2470
Business Contact
 Brent Barbee
Phone: (704) 888-2470
Research Institution
The Air Force desires technologies demonstrating value and commercial success in non-defense applications which will solve current Air Force problems.Gears are central functioning parts to most mechanical systems such as engine transmissions.Fuel consumption and maintenance costs are significantly increased due to efficiency losses resulting from friction and wear of gears. The development of chemical vibratory polishing substantially improved gear efficiency, but no equivalent progress has been made in more than a decade.United Protective Technologies has engineered nanocomposite coatings (NCCs) which have demonstrated considerable improvement in dynamic load-bearing applications such as gears and needle bearings. NCCs applied to automotive race engine ring and pinion gears resulted in a 3.5 horsepower average increase in engine dynamometer testing leading to considerable commercial success of these coatings in that industry.Experimental simulations of UAV engine needle bearings created remarkable increases of 3,000X in stable, low-friction bearing operation and 2,000,000X decrease in material wear. UPT will identify Air Force air and ground vehicle transmissions and other gear applications where the gear tooth loads and gear sizes are similar to the automotive race engines and are therefore expected to realize efficiency and service life gains from NCC application.

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