Diver Safe Grease

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,557.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N65538-08-M-0076
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-043-1007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-043
Small Business Information
METSS CORP.
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, 43082
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Richard Sapienza
 Senior Scientist
 (614) 797-2200
 rsapienza@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: COO
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The US Navy is seeking an improved grease that is safe for divers (i.e. does not off-gas toxic compounds in a pressurized air or mixed gas environment), does not wash out readily in seawater, and provides acceptable lubrication properties. METSS proposes to develop and test new, environmentally benign grease formulations that are both safe and effective, using a proven approach to cost-effective materials development. METSS will draw on existing materials, working directly with industry participants to select the best materials for product formulation. This ensures a non-biased approach to achieving the program objectives and opens up the opportunity of creating customized formulations that can be designed to directly address performance requirements. This effort will include optimizing the performance of the grease to meet and exceed the performance of the currently used greases while considering environmental impact, safety, and toxicity. To meet the Navy’s requirements, METSS will focus on combining synthetic basestocks, thickeners and additives to produce a new class of marine lubricants with superior performance properties with respect to antiwear characteristics, oxidative stability and corrosion protection. The proposed program will also address additional questions related to personnel safety and environmental impact associated with these greases.

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