Advanced Design Concepts for High Performance Helicopter Masts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0217
Award Id:
92435
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-031-1109
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
519 West Second Street, P.O. Box 360, Essington, PA, 19029
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
002266609
Principal Investigator:
Frederick Piasecki
Chief Technology Officer
(610) 521-5700
piasecki_fw@piasecki.com
Business Contact:
John Piasecki
Chief Technology Officer
(610) 521-5700
piasecki_jw@piasecki.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC) proposes to develop an innovative approach to substantially upgrade helicopter main rotor shaft designs, materials, and manufacturing processes. A number of design concepts will be addressed and a matrix of coating materials and application methods selected for further examination. A systems engineering analysis on plating material and the application process will be conducted addressing field problems, maintenance requirements, and the dynamic characteristics of the entire drive system, with a design criteria document resulting. With the design criteria established, PiAC will examine the candidate material systems and coating processes in conjunction with an appropriate morphology matrix, leading to the selection of a plating process that will provide at least equivalent performance with today's cadmium-based coatings, along with durability and reliability improvements. Static and dynamic analysis of the shaft with the selected experimental coating will be conducted and a qualification test plan for Phase II developed. During the Option Phase, PiAC will update and release the design package, develop the statement of work (SOW) and identify the raw material/specimen and coating/application tools to support the Phase II fabrication and test program.

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