Loc's Maximum Torque Quick Disconnect (MaxTorQD) Bradley Final Drive

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0313
Agency Tracking Number: A111-052-1143
Amount: $149,638.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-052
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
13505 Haggerty Road, Plymouth, MI, -
DUNS: 065574683
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chad Darr
 Director of Engineering
 (734) 927-3844
Business Contact
 Chad Darr
Title: Director of Engineering
Phone: (734) 927-3844
Email: cdarr@locper.com
Research Institution
Heavy add-on-armor installed on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle has degraded the vehicle"s mobility performance. Vehicle acceleration has declined to 80% of its original capability. To cost effectively modernize the mobility system, the final drive torque capacity must be significantly increased to maintain the current package space. Loc Performance Products, Inc., the Army"s provider of robust, reliable final drives for its tracked fleet, proposes to develop a modernized Bradley Final Drive using its MaxTorQD technology. Loc"s final drive will transmit up to 60% more torque, improve efficiency, reduce weight, and provide the option for a Quick Disconnect function that simplifies towing and maintenance operations. Loc proposes to focus Phase I efforts on quantifying requirements with the platform integrator, assess the feasibility of new promising technologies that include stronger materials and diffusion processing methods, provide a bench top demonstration of its Quick Disconnect technology, and develop 3 or more conceptual approaches for Phase II research. A quantitative method will be used to rank multiple concepts and recommend the approach for Phase II that offers best value for the Bradley platform, technology advancement, and transferability of technology to other Army platforms, the wind industry, and the oil and gas exploration industry.

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