Develop Aluminum Metal Matrix Components (Al MMC) and Manufacturing Applications for both Military and Commercial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,976.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-08-C-0066
Award Id:
81619
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-204-0668
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
GS ENGINEERING, INC. (Currently GS Engineering Inc.)
101 West Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI, 49931
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073282928
Principal Investigator:
Glen Simula
President
(906) 482-1235
glen.simula@gsengineering.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Halonen
Business Development Manager
(906) 482-1235
andrew.halonen@gsengineering.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) materials have been available since the 1950's. The reason MMCs are not called out as a material choice by vehicle design engineers is because they have not proven to be cost effective. A successful MMC program is one that delivers an extremely lightweight component at a cost target affordable to the weight sensitive wheeled vehicle market segments. The contractor will utilize Century 3+ Ring Extruder technology to mass produce ceramic preforms with consistency and reliability for safety critical components such as brake drums. The contractor chose a selective reinforcement strategy where the ceramic will only be positioned in areas of need. This approach minimizes raw material cost; eliminates unnecessary MMC machining costs; and allows for ductility & toughness where it is needed in a component. The contractor has prior experience in the design, manufacture, and testing of MMC-reinforced steering arms, brake drums, brake calipers, track shoes, and connecting rods. The contractor has a large customer base that includes many of the military truck vehicle manufacturers, and these relationships will be important when there is the opportunity to integrate the component to the vehicle.

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