High Temperature Solid Lubricant Coatings for Air Foil Bearings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-2992
Agency Tracking Number: F083-117-0662
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-117
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
1980 Olivera Ave, Suite D, Concord, CA, 94520
DUNS: 149397015
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Brown
 CEO / Principal Engineer
 (925) 798-5770
Business Contact
 Mike McFarland
Title: President
Phone: (925) 798-5770
Email: john.bradford@sei.aero
Research Institution
This purpose of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of using solid lubricant coatings in high temperature air foil bearings. Both the journal and foil components of the bearing will be coated. The journal will be coated with an innovative graded, nanocomposite structure while the foil will be coated with a proven CuAl alloy.  The nanocomposite journal coating provides (1) lubricating properties over a broad temperature range (-40°F up to 1200°F), (2) thermal stability in air over this temperature range, (3) excellent loading capability without failure, (4) and excellent wear characteristics. The nanocomposite is deposited on top of a metal nitride with excellent adhesion to the substrate, oxidation resistance and thermal stability. The foil coating will be a CuAl alloy. The coating provides thermal stability and resistance against spallation over the temperature range of -40 to 1200°F.  The ductile Cu assists in the bearing run-in to yield an aerodynamically smooth surface, maximizing the bearings loading capacity. BENEFIT: The development of new high-temperature solid lubricant coatings will allow the introduction of air foil bearings into new applications for turbo machinery.  This will lead to improvements in engine performance, safety, and reliability.

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