Advanced Corrosion Protection Scheme for Magnesium Helicopter Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH10-02-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: A002-1493
Amount: $569,461.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4957 10th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND, 58201
DUNS: 602517625
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Gorman,
 Director of R & D
 (701) 746-1818
Business Contact
 William Elmquist
Title: Vice President
Phone: (701) 746-1818
Research Institution
The objective of this Phase II research is to develop and test prototype mobile and portable Tagnite units to be used to selectively apply Tagnite anodized coatings to magnesium surfaces after final machining by the OEM and during the overhaul phase of thecomponent at the field and depot level. Phase I research successfully demonstrated the feasibility of developing the anodized coatings and their use in mobile and portable units. The coatings are non-chromate and provide superior corrosion protection,abrasion resistance, with paint adhesion characteristics equal to DOW 19 chromate conversion coating. The units eliminate the use of chromate conversion coatings and their environmental shortcomings, while significantly improving performance. The mobileunit will consist of a small rectifier, cooling unit, electrolyte storage, collection reservoirs, as well as application heads or brushes, mounted on a mobile cart with large work surface. The portable unit will be a small hand held battery operated unit,capable of repairing small areas on magnesium components while still on the rotorcraft. Specifically designed for use on military rotorcraft, the commercial applications include military fixed wing, civilian fixed wing and rotorcraft, as well as a varietyof non-aerospace applications such as the automotive and sporting good industries.

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