Improved Ionic Liquids as Space Lubricants

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$99,972.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CD22P
Agency Tracking Number:
084202
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
X4.01
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432-1894
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
074689217
Principal Investigator
 Amarendra Rai
 Principal Investigator
 (937) 426-6900
 arai@ues.com
Business Contact
 John Gruenwald
Title: Vice President, Finance
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Email: jgruenwald@ues.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Ionic liquids are candidate lubricant materials. However for application in low temperature space mechanisms their lubrication performance needs to be enhanced. UES Inc in collaboration with Covalent Technologies Inc propose to improve the tribological (lubrication) characteristics of the appropriate ionic liquids through formulation with innovative additive technology. The formulated ionic liquids will be thoroughly characterized to demonstrate their extremely low volatility and non-corrosive extreme pressure anti wear characteristics. The performance of the formulated ionic liquids will be ranked. Highly ranked formulations will be further optimized in Phase II.

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