Innovative Manufacturing Process for Defect free, Affordable, High Pressure, Thin Walled Hydraulic Tubing for Navy Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: N073-167-0103
Amount: $79,820.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-167
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
7525 Coastal view Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90045
DUNS: 808570779
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Ogren
 (310) 338-3872
Business Contact
 Omar Es-Said
Title: Professor
Phone: (310) 338-2829
Research Institution
The objective of the technical effort is to eventually identify a material and a process that produces thin wall high pressure tubing for high performance aircraft, specifically Navy aircraft. The need for improvements stems from disastrous failures and the subsequent failure investigations that have indicated a need for a more fracture-tolerant tubing material. The first phase of the effort will consist of four distinct activities: 1. Titanium Alloy, TI-425.will be evaluated as a replacement material for Ti-325, the alloy used in current high pressure hydraulic tubes. The former is a relatively new alloy, stronger than Ti-325, with good cold-working performance. This activity will use flat plates. The goal is to identify an oxygen level and thermal treatment that results in a condition such that the 425 alloy is still stronger (and more crack resistant) than the 325 alloy while, exhibiting superior ductility ( and thus, workability). 2. Manufacturing studies will be conducted with major Titanium suppliers to insure that the research results can be economically transferred to large-scale industrial practice 3. Systems-level studies will be held with a major aircraft manufacturer to determine the impact of the change in tubing material on systems performance. 4. Liasion will be established with laboratories involved in Pressure Impulse Testing

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