Spall Propagation-Resistant Hybrid Bearings for High-Performance Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,855.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-08-M-2835
Agency Tracking Number:
F073-053-0160
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UES, INC.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
074689217
Principal Investigator:
Rabi Bhattacharya
Div Dir/Prin Research Scientis
(937) 426-6900
rbhattacharya@ues.com
Business Contact:
Francis Williams, Jr.
Contracts Manager
(937) 426-6900
fwilliams@ues.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this SBIR project is to develop spall propagation resistant turbine engine mainshaft bearings for improved reliability, safety, and performance margin of aircraft propulsion systems. New case carburized Pyrowear 675 steel has been developed for bearing races that has been shown to resist surface fatigue initiation and therefore improve the fatigue life compared to the M50 steel. However, once the initiation occurs, fatigue cracks can propagate rapidly resulting in increased spall rate in Pyrowear 675 races. This aspect of the fatigue properties of Pyrowear 675 has not been studied in great detail. In this Phase I SBIR project, UES proposes to identify the key properties of Pyrowear 675 such as microstructure, and near-surface fracture toughness that control the spall propagation rate. For this purpose, Rolling Contact Fatigue tests will be conducted under selected stress cycles, and the neighborhood of spalled area will be investigated. Spalled areas of failed bearings will also be investigated, if available. Also, computer modeling and simulation will be used to understand the role of dynamic operating conditions such as load and speed on the spall propagation.

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