A Novel Low Cost Approach to Milling Titanium Firewalls/Bulkheads

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-04-P-0546
Agency Tracking Number: N041-013-1138
Amount: $69,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-013
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1505 Central Avenue, South, Kent, WA, 98032
DUNS: 005285288
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Butler
 (253) 852-1298
Business Contact
 Dan Alberts
Title: COO
Phone: (253) 854-0796
Email: dana@ormondllc.com
Research Institution
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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