Development of Pulse Water Strip of Tungsten Carbide HVOF Coatings and Chrome Plating on Landing Gear Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-07-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: F071-317-0028
Amount: $169,821.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-317
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
990 Highland Drive, Suite 212P, Solana Beach, CA, 92075
DUNS: 127283500
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig Pessetto
 Landing Gear Program Manager
 (801) 926-1150
Business Contact
 Craig Edwards
Title: Director, Aircraft Systems
Phone: (801) 926-1150
Research Institution
Chrome plating has been utilized for Landing Gear components for over half a century and High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) tungsten carbide WC-Co coatings are currently being utilized for chrome replacement for aerospace applications and implemented on many non-aerospace applications. Landing Gear components are typically made of High Strength Steel (HSS) and are very sensitive to processing techniques. Currently, chrome plating and HVOF WC-Co coatings are stripped via wet chemical baths at overhaul; however, both processes require different chemical solutions that can be harmful to the HSS substrates during processing. These HSS processing requirements are typical on many other aircraft applications such as flap and slat tracks, actuators, propeller systems and other engine / aircraft support structure. This proposal will discuss the research and development and future qualification requirements and related concerns to utilize an environmentally and process friendly, pulse water strip system to remove both chrome plating and HVOF WC-Co applications on high strength steel landing gear components.

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