A Novel Low Cost Approach to Milling Titanium Firewalls/Bulkheads

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,930.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00421-04-P-0546
Agency Tracking Number:
N041-013-1138
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ORMOND, LLC
1505 Central Avenue, South, Kent, WA, 98032
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
005285288
Principal Investigator:
Tom Butler
President
(253) 852-1298
tomb@ormondllc.com
Business Contact:
Dan Alberts
COO
(253) 854-0796
dana@ormondllc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Titanium is one of the more difficult metals to machine economically because of it's combination of high cutting strength, low thermal conductivity and tendancy to react chemically with the carbide cutting tools. The proposed machining approach side steps these material problems by using abrasive waterjets to perform controlled-depth milling. Waterjets are commonly used to cut through titanium and other materials but milling to a controlled depth is a new process that holds great promise for high material removal rates and very low-cost production. The process is applicable to wide range of alloys and geometry and the goal of the proposed work is to demonstrate that it can be economically applied to the V-22 firewall/bulheads.

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