Erosion Resistant Coatings for Shaft-Driven Compressor (SDC) Impellers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00421-05-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: N043-261-0094
Amount: $149,929.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-261
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
308 Jackson St., Suite 2, Oakland, CA, 94607
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mike McFarland
 Principal Scientist
 (510) 923-0291
Business Contact
 Mike McFarland
Title: Principal Scientist
Phone: (510) 923-0291
Research Institution
The purpose of this proposal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of erosion resistant coatings for extending the life of shaft-driven compressor (SDC) impellers on the V-22 Osprey. Shaft-driven compressors are used on many aircraft to provide service to on-board inert/oxygen gas separators and environmental control systems, as well as other functions. The impellers in SDCs typically operated at from 87,000 to 100,000 revolutions per minute, at temperatures ranging from 125¢ª F to 600¢ª F. Aircraft that operate in sandy or dusty landing zones, or during dust and sand storms, have experienced rapid erosion of the SDC impeller leading to loss of critical functions and potentially catastrophic system failures. The goal of the project is to extend the impeller life by at least a factor of ten.

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