Electroless Nickel-Boron Coating for Enhanced Engine Performance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,959.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-11-C-0006
Award Id:
97861
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-034-1597
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-034
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Adam Grisdale
PI/Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
agrisdale@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Chief Financial Officer
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Current engines used in UAVf?Ts are useful but they are lacking in efficiency and power. A significant amount of power and efficiency loss can be traced back to losses found in the combustion chamber/hot section of the engine. The best solution is one that does not require extensive fabrication to the existing combustion chamber. It is highly unlikely that a new material will provide the bulk and surface properties required without significantly compromising functionality or cost. Mainstream believes that a Nickel Boron (Ni-B) coating is the most practical solution, because it performs just as well or better than other coatings but it is not harmful to the environment. Mainstream has identified an existing technology that can improve wear resistance, durability, piston ring blow-by, and reduce friction for components when it is applied. Mainstream will demonstrate this enhancement for various engine components in Phase I. In Phase II, Mainstream will propose to operate the enhanced engine components in a full-scale prototype. Mainstreamf?Ts innovative technology will not only be useful for the performance of Army UAVf?Ts but also for commercial engines, turbines, and other components that would benefit from reduced friction and wear.

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