Improved Manufacturing Technologies for Aircraft Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-05-M-5301
Agency Tracking Number: F051-141-0762
Amount: $99,780.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-141
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
1 Industry Blvd, P.O. Box 1000, Irwin, PA, 15642
DUNS: 184765738
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Randy Gilmore
 Division Manager
 (724) 864-8420
Business Contact
 Hilary Gilmore
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (724) 978-7215
Research Institution
Critical components for aircraft engines are forcing increasing demands for higher accuracy, advanced materials and smaller features to enable advanced designs. The proposed effort will examine the ability of short pulse laser machining to machine aerospace materials at an acceptable throughput rate with minimal subsurface damage. Materials to be investigated will include commonly used aerospace materials, such as high-nickel alloys, single-crystal material and metallic substrates with a thermal barrier coating. Materials currently being considered for future generation aerospace engines will also be investigated, including ceramic materials. Phase I will establish guidelines for the machinability of a variety of current and future generation aerospace materials, quantify the level of damage caused by short pulse laser machining, establish beam manipulation methods best suited for aerospace geometry requirements and produce an economic model that will define cost savings for selected aerospace components.

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