Development and Evaluation of Near Frictionless Carbon for Shipboard Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-04-C-4108
Agency Tracking Number: N022-0267
Amount: $599,882.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rabi Bhattacharya
 Div. Dir./Chief Scientist
 (937) 426-6900
Business Contact
 Francis Williams, Jr.
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Research Institution
Near frictionless carbon (NFC) coating, a form of amorphous carbon that has a friction coefficient of 0.001 in dry nitrogen, has been developed at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This coating has potentials for many applications including that ofnaval shipboard. In Phase I, UES has demonstrated the superior friction, wear and corrosion behavior of NFC coating in simulated marine environment using various substrate materials of interest, as compared to oil and grease lubricants. In Phase II, UESproposes to optimize the coating process for improved adhesion to various substrate materials by varying the deposition parameters, coating thickness and bond coatings. The coatings will be evaluated under various tribological conditions relevant toshipboard applications in simulated marine atmosphere. ANL will provide support in coating and evaluation of NFC as a subcontractor to this project. Actual shipboard components will also be coated and tested in laboratory and in service during Phase II incollaboration with navy and manufacturers of shipboard components Besides naval shipboard applications, NFC coating has potential in numerous commercial applications. Examples are: piston rings, gears, bearing components, cams and cam-roller followers,fuel injectors, air conditioning compressors.

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