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:
$1,085,530.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-09-C-0026
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-204-0668
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-204
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
GS ENGINEERING, INC.
47500 US Hwy 41, Houghton, MI, 49931
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073282928
Principal Investigator:
Glen Simula
President
(906) 370-2565
glen.simula@gsengineering.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Halonen
Business Development Mana
(906) 370-4984
andrew.halonen@gsengineering.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
GS Engineering has developed a lightweight aluminum metal matrix brake drum that was demonstrated under Phase I to pass the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 dynamometer performance test at 10,000 lb axle rating. The aluminum MMC brake drum is 45% lighter than the comparable cast iron brake drum, offering significant potential weight savings to both military and commercial vehicles. Continuation of this development effort will focus three areas, 1) optimizing the casting process to produce a sound composite casting, 2) optimize the friction couple - the MMC surface and the liner materials, and 3) inertia dynamometer testing to ensure long term durability. This development effort will be focused on producing lightweight brake drums that are ready for vehicle testing. Once the lightweight brake drum concept has been fully proven, the design work will commence on larger aluminum MMC brake drums where even greater weight savings is expected.

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