The Loc Performance Bradley Modernization Final Drive

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$757,213.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W56HZV-13-C-0056
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5171
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-052
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
13505 Haggerty Road, Plymouth, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
065574683
Principal Investigator:
EdwardFowlkes
Senior Design Engineer
(734) 927-3847
efowlkes@locper.com
Business Contact:
ChadDarr
Director, Product Develop
(734) 927-3844
cdarr@locper.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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 vehicle interfaces and packaging space. Loc Performance Products, Inc. (Loc) has developed its MaxTorQD technology in Phase I research that doubles torque capacity, improves efficiency, and provides a driveline Quick Disconnect solution that simplifies towing and maintenance operations. Technical feasibility was established during Phase I research using a combination of industry standard analysis methods and a proof of concept Quick Disconnect Demonstrator. During Phase II, Loc proposes to test promising gear material, surface finish, and coating technologies identified in Phase I to physically quantify torque capacity and efficiency improvements. Loc will then apply knowledge gained through testing and further maturation of its Quick Disconnect technology to develop one vehicle set of the Bradley Modernization Final Drive for delivery at the end of Phase II. This drive will provide a Quick Disconnect function and contain sufficient torque capacity to meet the long term needs of both the Bradley and Paladin Integration Management (PIM) vehicle platforms.

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