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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$2,119,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8201-08-C-0054
Solitcitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-320-0030
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-320
Small Business Information
(ES3) ENGINEERING & SOFTWARE SYSTEM SOLU
550 West C Street, Suite 1630, San Diego, CA, 92101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
127283500
Principal Investigator
 Craig Pessetto
 Chief, Material & Process
 (801) 926-1150
 craig.pessetto@es3inc.com
Business Contact
 Craig Edwards
Title: Director of Engineering
Phone: (801) 926-1150
Email: 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

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