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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-08-C-0054
Agency Tracking Number: F071-320-0030
Amount: $2,119,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-320
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
550 West C Street, Suite 1630, San Diego, CA, 92101
DUNS: 127283500
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig Pessetto
 Chief, Material & Process
 (801) 926-1150
Business Contact
 Craig Edwards
Title: Director of Engineering
Phone: (801) 926-1150
Research Institution
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

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