Quality Water Lubrication of Special Triboceramics, Alloys and Self-Lubricating Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,624.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DAAH0102CR121
Award Id:
58363
Agency Tracking Number:
02SB1-0098
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY, 12205
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883926594
Principal Investigator:
Hooshang Heshmat
President and Tech.Dir.
(518) 862-4290
hheshmat@miti.cc
Business Contact:
James Walton, II
V.P. of Program Dev.
(518) 862-4290
jwalton@miti.cc
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"Steam technology dating back to the 19th century has been shown to be effective in both propulsion and power generating systems, but was of low efficiency. As newer materials are being developed, higher performing, smaller systems or even novel machinesthat break current molds such as microscale space propulsion systems or portable power generating systems are possible. Combining a 19th century technology with the advanced materials, design tools and manufacturing processes of the 21st century couldtruly result in revolutionary new steam applications. A sound understanding and tribological data base is needed to ensure the success of these machines. The overall objective of this program is to establish the tribological foundations for advancedwater lubricated meso/macroscale steam engines. This goal will be achieved by determining the load, speed, temperature dependent friction and wear of triboceramics, b) metal alloys resistant to gross water-induced corrosion, and c) other self-lubricatingmaterials such as certain forms of carbons, graphites and polymeric composites. One of MiTi's specialized, high-speed, in-house tribometers will be modified to accommodate Phase I and Phase II friction and wear testing under 100C steam. Tribological characterization of ceramic/metal/composite materials is essential to the development of durable steam engines. Besides military applications, commercial steam engines will have worldwide poten

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