Innovative Approaches for Predicting Galvanic Effects of Dissimilar Material Interfaces

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-M-0444
Agency Tracking Number: N112-154-0165
Amount: $79,475.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N112-154
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 128193997
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Tryon
 (615) 372-0299
Business Contact
 Loren Nasser
Title: President, CEO
Phone: (615) 372-0299
Research Institution
The Navy incurred approximately $3 billion in aircraft corrosion maintenance costs. Design analysis tools are largely empirical and are derived from physical testing of the basic material specimens, which do not have the capability to account for degradation of these properties due to operational conditions. Corrosion is a time-dependent phenomenon and although there are test methods for accelerating corrosion testing, this does not provide an actual depiction of the field phenomenon of corrosion. Damage is often not fully realized until after years of exposure to the corrosive environment. Our Phase I feasibility proof activities will focus on the adding the prediction of galvanic effects of dissimilar material interfaces to VEXTEC"s already operational material fatigue simulation framework. The Phase I will demonstrate that a computational tool is capable of correctly predicting galvanic corrosion based on the dissimilar material systems, alloy"s microstructure, processing history and operational environment. The methodology and framework developed under the proposed Phase I effort will be mechanistic (and not empirical) in nature and therefore can be readily extended to a variety of material combinations in corrosive environments.

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