Nano-Engineered Coating for Barrel Life Enhancement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-06-M-0114
Agency Tracking Number: F061-350-2871
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-350
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
1801 Maple Ave., Suite 5316, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 020126814
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Krishnaswamy Rangan
 Research Scientist
 (847) 287-6292
Business Contact
 Sankar Sambasivan
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (847) 467-5236
Research Institution
Extending gun barrel life has been a long-standing goal for the US Air Force and other DoD agencies. Currently-used chrome plated barrels are susceptible to erosion and corrosion which affects the accuracy of fired bullets due to material loss along the inner surface. The primary cause of barrel degradation is the poor quality chrome coating and attack of steel inner surface by hot gases and combustion products through microcracks and defects in the chrome layer. The objective of the present effort is to demonstrate the enhancement of performance by a new coating material on both existing chrome plated as well as newly-developed gun barrel materials.

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