Erosion Resistant Coatings for Polymer Matrix Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-C-5002
Agency Tracking Number: F061-098-0131
Amount: $748,832.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-098
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amarendra Rai
 Research Scientist
 (937) 426-6900
Business Contact
 Francis Williams
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Research Institution
The use of polymer matrix composites in selected parts of the future aircraft turbine engines offers significant benefits for aircraft engine performance. However, their useful life time (durability) is limited by their poor erosion resistance. In Phase I, UES demonstrated the feasibility of a physical vapor deposition technique to develop highly adherent and erosion resistant coatings on the selected polymer matrix composite. The objective of the SBIR Phase II project is to continue refinement and testing of highly ranked coatings to obtain optimal erosion resistance under the required conditions. Also in Phase II, the erosion resistance performance of the optimized coatings will be validated on actual engine components. This will be done in co-operation and/or participation of turbine engine manufacturers.

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