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Novel Multiphysics Modeling of Electroplating Process for Metallic Aerospace Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0400
Agency Tracking Number: N22A-T003-0073
Amount: $239,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N22A-T003
Solicitation Number: 22.A
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-09-25
Small Business Information
3190 Fairview Park Drive Suite 650
Falls Church, VA 22042-4549
United States
DUNS: 010983174
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jung Ho Yang
 (703) 226-4077
Business Contact
 Scott Bradfield
Phone: (703) 226-4061
Research Institution
 University of Cincinnati
 Julie Ison
Engineering Research Center, Suite 805, 2901 Woodside Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0018
United States

 (513) 556-6597
 Nonprofit College or University

In this STTR effort, TDA will focus on developing a unified multi-physics and statistical-based framework to optimize electroplating parameters, and to predict the influence of defect, residual stress, and environment on fatigue strength of high strength steel (HSS) aerospace component. The proposed approach accounts for both hydrogen embrittlement and residual stress effects on fatigue performance. The key investigations of the proposed approach are: 1) development of multi-physics and multi-scale electroplating simulation module to characterize electrochemical and mechanical processes for Zn-Ni Electroplating; 2) development of multi-objective optimization algorithms to determine the optimum settings of the electroplating process that result in the optimum Zn-Ni coating; 3) critical sets of experiments to validate our electroplating simulation module, and identify the types and causes of plating defects. The framework will enable engineers to reliably predict electrochemical/mechanical behavior and suggest design parameters to optimize electroplating process for aerospace component instead of going through several experimental trials.

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