Low Cost High Strength High Toughness Corrosion Resistant Materials for Marine Corps Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-05-C-0025
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0041
Amount: $1,499,630.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-167
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 088176961
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Wright
 Materials Design Engineer
 (847) 328-5800
Business Contact
 Raymond Genellie, Jr.
Title: Vice President - Operatio
Phone: (847) 425-8211
Email: rgenellie@questek.com
Research Institution
The goal of this program is to develop and qualify a custom-designed alloy for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV), which experiences severe corrosive and abrasive environments, including seawater and sand. In particular, the spindles on this vehicle are mission critical components for operation on land and sea. The spindles are highly loaded and galvanically coupled in a seawater environment with dissimilar metals such as titanium, and to perform successfully, the material from which the spindles are fabricated must have a balance of properties, including high-strength, high-toughness, and good corrosion resistance. QuesTek’s Materials by Design® technology offers a unique opportunity to rapidly design a custom alloy optimized for this application, and DARPA – Accelerated Insertion of Materials (AIM) methodology provides an approach to leverage the same material design models to rapidly qualify this alloy for use. The material toughness and corrosion resistance will be improved while maintaining the same yield strength and material cost of existing alloys. A comparative test program will evaluate the stress corrosion cracking behavior at the relevant corrosion potential of competitive alloys. Demonstration spindles will be manufactured for field-testing. The Option program will produce and characterized a production-scale ingot of the final alloy.

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