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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,964.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-05-M-0250
Agency Tracking Number:
N054-006-0359
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-T006
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
QUESTEK INNOVATIONS LLC
1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
088176961
Principal Investigator:
James Wright
Senior Materials Design Engineer
(847) 328-5800
jwright@questek.com
Business Contact:
Raymond Genellie, Jr.
Vice President of Operations
(847) 425-8211
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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