Enabling Materials Processing Technology for Low-Cost Fabrication of Integral Bladed Rotors (IBR)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5304
Agency Tracking Number: F041-140-1422
Amount: $99,637.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF04-140
Solitcitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1458 S. E. Ocean Lane, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34983
Duns: 114133213
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Raymond Walker
 Vice President
 (772) 878-1701
Business Contact
 Raymond Walker
Title: Vice President
Phone: (772) 878-1701
Email: raymwalk@aol.com
Research Institution
The cost of manufacturing integrally bladed rotors for large gas turbine engines is high driven by the cost of raw material, rough machining, and airfoil machining. This project will address these cost drivers by identifying methods to reduce forging weight through aggressive near-net shape forging methods, exploiting the use of fine-grain processing to improve forgeability, and demonstrate enhancements to electrochemical machining of airfoils to eliminate hand finishing operations. These improvements will be applicable to large and small engine IBRs.

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