Exploratory Development of Functionally Graded Nano-Composite (FGNC) for Gear Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0250
Agency Tracking Number: N054-006-0359
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-T006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
QUESTEK INNOVATIONS LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 088176961
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Wright
 Senior Materials Design Engineer
 (847) 328-5800
 jwright@questek.com
Business Contact
 Raymond Genellie, Jr.
Title: Vice President of Operations
Phone: (847) 425-8211
Email: rgenellie@questek.com
Research Institution
 APPLIED RESEARCH LAB. PENN STATE
 Suren Rao
 P. O. Box 30
State College, PA, 16804
 (814) 865-3537
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The proposed research would be a collaborative effort combining the gear testing expertise of Penn State's Gear Research Institute with the modeling and alloy design expertise of QuesTek Innovations. Engineers from the V22 manufacturer, Bell Helicopter, would be consulted to establish the desired property gradients in the designed alloy for improving the endurance of power transmissions built by Bell Helicopter. An increased strength of the core material will allow for increased power density compared to the existing gear alloys, and increased core toughness will provide improved damage tolerance. A new alloy will be designed to meet these criteria, and a 30 lb VIM/VAR prototype ingot will be produced. The core hardness, strength, and impact toughness of the prototype material will be measured. A preliminary carburization cycle will be developed during the phase I base and option programs using simulations. The contact fatigue resistance of a similar proprietary gear steel, C61, will be tested at Penn State to evaluate the rolling/sliding contact fatigue resistance of an alloy with an improved fatigue resistant microstructure during the phase I option program.

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