Low Volatile Organic Content (VOC) Solid Film Lubricant

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,697.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00421-02-C-0356
Award Id:
59317
Agency Tracking Number:
N01-153-07
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Texas Research Institute Austin, Inc. (Currently TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, AUSTIN, INC.)
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
George Hansen
Principal Investigator
(512) 263-2101
ghansen@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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