Development and Evaluation of Near Frictionless Carbon for Shipboard Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-03-C-3031
Agency Tracking Number: N022-0267
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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 Mgr/Prin 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 less than 0.001 when measured in dry nitrogen, has been developed at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This coating has potentials for manyapplications including that of naval shipboard. Naval ships contain many systems such as pumps, fans, windlasses, winches, steering gear, reduction gears, door and hatch hinges, elevators and gun mounts, that have rotating and sliding wear surfaces.Currently used lubricants and coatings do not provide long lasting protection against wear and corrosion in marine environment. UES, Inc. and ANL have teamed up for the development of NFC coating using a large area filtered cathodic arc plasma techniqueand evaluate the coating for performance under simulated marine environment. Near frictionless carbon coating has potential in numerous commercial applications. Examples are: piston rings, gears and bearing components, cams and cam-roller followers, fuelinjectors, air conditioning compressors, etc.

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