Electro-polishing with a Strippable Coating for Cleaning Titanium and Aluminum Prior to Welding or Brazing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8103-06-C-0171
Agency Tracking Number: F061-326-1212
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-326
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite #130, Littleton, CO, 80127
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amanda Kimball
 Research Engineer
 (303) 792-5615
Business Contact
 Clifton Brown, Jr.
Title: President
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Email: cliffb@adatech.com
Research Institution
ADA Technologies Inc. has developed an electrochemical strippable coating technology for the removal of radioactive contaminants from conductive surfaces. The proposed three-phase SBIR project would apply this electrochemical technology to cleaning surfaces prior to welding or brazing. The process will eliminate grease, dirt, and rust from conductive surfaces using electro-polishing techniques. Once the strippable coating fully cures the material along with the contaminants can be stripped off of the surface, leaving only a clean uniform surface behind. The remaining waste is a plastic film which can be disposed in standard municipal garbage or possibly recycled. During the Phase I portion of this three-phase SBIR project, ADA will clean titanium plates using standard pickling methods and the electrochemical strip-coat method. The surface of the coupons will then be analyzed for cleanliness using SEM and post-weld strength using tensile tests.

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