Improved Technology for Cold-working of High Strength Al Alloys

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-5605
Agency Tracking Number: F041-139-0783
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-139
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
455 N. Jackson Ave., University City, MO, 63130
DUNS: 085252240
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 William Fujimoto
 (203) 878-8327
Business Contact
 William Fujimoto
Title: President
Phone: (203) 878-8327
Email: wfujimoto@advancedstructuraltechnol
Research Institution
The objective of this project is to develop and validate an improved technology base for the cold-working of high strength aluminum alloys. The improved technology base consists of the following three legs: 1. A test-validated CAD/CAM tool for performing virtual cold-working and for virtual fatigue testing. 2. An improved design mandrel to achieve the full life improvement potential of cold-working. 3. Industry implementation via strategic partnering. The CAD/CAM tool for performing virtual cold-working and virtual fatigue testing will allow models of complex multi-layer joints and control system components to be constructed using drag-and-drop modeling. It will be useful for manufacturing process development by graphically portraying the stresses and strains induced during the mandrel pull-through process, as well as the residual stresses. With such a tool, premature shear or tearing failures during mandrel pull-through in high strength anisotropic alloys or in members with shy e/D can be avoided. The CAD/CAM tool will also be useful as a general design tool for lean manufacturing environments by helping to establish, via analytical simulations, the optimal interference level and the tolerance band for maximizing the fatigue life of the joint while preventing premature failures.

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