Low Volatile Organic Content (VOC) Solid Film Lubricant

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-02-C-0356
Agency Tracking Number: N01-153-07
Amount: $749,697.00
Phase: Phase II
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 Investigator
 (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 of threaded fasteners. Most dry film lubricants contain volatile organiccompounds as carrier solvents. Many also contain lead-based antioxidants for added endurance life and antimony oxide as a corrosion inhibitor. Each of these components poses an environmental hazard and their use must be discontinued. Graphite is oftenused as a lubricant by itself or with other solid lubricants. It is known to instigate galvanic corrosion of many metals. TRI/Austin proposes to develop a water-based system containing alternative lubricants and additives that will be environmentally andtoxicologically benign, meets the requirements of MIL-L-23398 and MIL-L-46147, and can be applied using standard procedures with minimal impact to the Navy. The technical challenge to be faced in this development involves obtaining an adequate dispersionof the lubricant in the water-binder solution so that coating stratification does not occur during binder cure.

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