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Hybrid Laser Arc Welding for Thick Plate High Performance Steels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5715C10046
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT5715C10046
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 132FH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5713RSBIR2
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-30
Small Business Information
2134 Sandy Drive suite 14
State College, PA 16803
United States
DUNS: 78532955
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Hay
 (814) 237-0144
Business Contact
 Thomas Hay
Title: President
Phone: (814) 237-0144
Research Institution

Welding of HPS70W is well understood when using submerged arc welding (SAW) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) techniques. A Welding Advisory Group (WAG) which consisted of technical advisors from the Navy, AISI, and FHWA, major filler metal manufacturers, and steel producers determined the guidelines for welding HPS70W. As a result, comprehensive guidelines and welding procedures exist for SAW and SMAW methods. While SAW methods produce high quality welds in high performance steels, innovative welding methods are being sought in the marine, transportation, oil and gas industries to replace SAW due to the extensive time required to weld thick joints. For example, in bridge fabrication butt splices between standard mill plates with plate thickness greater than 3 inches can take up to 15 hours to weld depending on the length of the girder flange. The overall objective of Phase II is to demonstrate that the HLAW cost benefit related to the reduced labor, welding consumables, and distortion merit investment in high capital cost HLAW equipment.

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