Lightweight Aluminum/Nano Composites for Automotive Drive Train Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84540
Agency Tracking Number: 80369S06-I
Amount: $99,914.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 29
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
2763 Culver Avenue, Dayton, OH, 45429
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bhanumathi Chelluri
 (937) 296-1806
Business Contact
 John Barber
Title: Dr.
Phone: (937) 296-1806
Research Institution
In the automotive industry, a 10 percent reduction in vehicle weight corresponds to a six-to-eight percent decrease in fuel usage. Reductions in the mass of moving components (in engine and drive train components) are doubly valuable because they lead to corresponding reductions in friction within the engine, further improving efficiency. This project will develop an aluminum (Al) nanocomposite material ¿ which will combine light weight, strength, and tribological properties ¿ for use in automotive power train components. In Phase I, nano-reinforcements will be dispersed in an Al matrix at various concentrations, and the composite powders will be compacted to near-net shape and sintered. The feasibility of the processing method to obtain high-performance cost-effective material, with good strength and tribological properties, will be demonstrated. Phase II will optimize the material and fabricate a prototype power train gear. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The light-weight aluminum nanocomposites should find use in engine components in automobiles, trucks, and hybrid vehicles, leading to greater fuel economy. In addition, the composites should find use in high speed bearings, aerospace, and other military applications.

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