Low Volatile Organic Content (VOC) Solid Film Lubricant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-02-C-3014
Agency Tracking Number: N01-153-07
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Hansen
 Principal Scientist
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Email: mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution
Dry film lubricants are used extensively in military and commercial aircraft engines to prevent galling, fretting and seizing and to aid in maintenance disassembly and re-assembly. Most dry film lubricants contain volatile organic compounds as carriersolvents. Many also contain lead compounds for added endurance life and antimony oxide as a corrosion inhibitor. Graphite is often used as a lubricant by itself or with other solid lubricants. Each of these components poses an environmental hazard andtheir use must be discontinued. TRI/Austin proposes to develop a water-based system containing alternative lubricants and additives that will be environmentally and toxicologically benign, meets the requirements of MIL-L-23398 and MIL-L-46147, and can beapplied using standard procedures with minimal impact to the Navy. The technical challenge to be faced in this development involves obtaining an adequate dispersion of the lubricant in the water-binder solution so that coating segregation does not occurduring binder cure. The proposed new dry film lubricant will be environmentally and toxicologically benign without deleterious impact to existing Navy field practices.

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