Development of Cad Plating Replacement with Zinc Nickel on High Strength Steel Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,948.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8201-08-C-0054
Award Id:
82298
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-320-0030
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
550 West C Street, Suite 1630, San Diego, CA, 92101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
127283500
Principal Investigator:
Craig Pessetto
Chief, Material & Process
(801) 926-1150
craig.pessetto@es3inc.com
Business Contact:
Craig Edwards
Director of Engineering
(801) 926-1150
craig.edwards@es3inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Landing gear components manufactured from high strength steel alloys require sacrificial protective coatings to perform safely in service. Cadmium has been the standard coating for such components for decades, but is a known carcinogen and has been targeted for elimination by the USAF. An experimental Zn-Ni coating was tested in Phase I as a replacement for cadmium. Results showed the Zn-Ni coating had comparable performance to cadmium in the areas of corrosion, fatigue, and hydrogen embrittlement (HE) testing. Phase II testing will further investigate the Zn-Ni coating performance in the areas of fatigue, corrosion, and HE. Additionally, phase II testing will investigate adhesion properties, brush plating (damage repair), and hydrogen re-embrittlement performance. Production parameters such as accelerated HE testing and optimal tank chemistry will be developed. ES3 also proposes to implement a full scale tank to demonstrate plating on full size landing gear parts in a DoD depot environment

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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