Plasma Processing for Repair of Ion Vapor Deposited (IVD) Aluminum Coating

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00421-04-P-0624
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-023-1588
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
N04-023
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator
 James Withers
 CEO
 (520) 574-1980
 jcwithers@mercorp.com
Business Contact
 Raouf Loutfy
Title: President
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Email: rloutfy@mercorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Ion vapor deposited (IVD) aluminum coatings on aircraft and navy ship board components inevitably get damaged and require repair. A nonhazardous repair to brush cadmium plating is required that meets performance requirements of the IVD aluminum. A unique plasma energy source process that does not require any solutions can apply adherent pure aluminum as well as aluminum base alloy repair coatings to damaged IVD aluminum without melting or adversely affecting the IVD aluminum coating. The process has been cursory demonstrated and can be automated such that highly skilled specialty trained operators are not required for field repair. The process will be further developed in Phase I along with composition optimization of the pure or alloy repair coating, coated specimens corrosion and other screen tested, and sample coated specimens provided to the navy. An automated design for coating repair will be produced in Phase I for construction and demonstration in Phase II.

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