SBIR Phase I: Trackless Welding of Large Steel Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0417963
Agency Tracking Number: 0417963
Amount: $65,600.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
S&B Wise Weld Company
3733 Mossbridge Way, Lexington, KY, 40514
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Shaobin Zhang
 PI
 (859) 219-8792
 shaobin@engr.uky.edu
Business Contact
 Shaobin Zhang
Phone: (859) 219-8792
Email: shaobin@engr.uky.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of development of an affordable, flexible, and trackless apparatus and process for full penetration welding of large steel structures. The project will address two critical issues in arc welding; complete joint penetration and joint line tracking. The project will develop an automated welding system including a movable weld backing and trackless mechanism for welding large steel structures. A prototype machine will be designed and experimentally verified based on the requirements of arc welding production. The successful development of the technology will improve significantly automatic equipment for fabricating heavy weldments of large steel structures, productivity and weld quality, and reduce welding cost. The broader impacts (commercial applications) are expected in fabricating heavy weldments within the shipbuilding, high-pressure vessel, pipelines, heavy crane, power generation and aerospace.

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