Innovative Materials for Highly Loaded Wear Application in Arresting Gear Tailhook Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-10-C-0174
Agency Tracking Number: N093-175-0540
Amount: $149,698.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N093-175
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 088176961
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Sebastian
 Sr. Materials Design Engi
 (847) 425-8227
Business Contact
 Raymond Genellie
Title: Vice President - Operatio
Phone: (847) 425-8211
Research Institution
The United States Navy (USN) currently uses a low-alloyed high strength steels, 4330V, for tailhook (shoe) applications. Unfortunately, there have been issues with the wear and thermal resistivity of 4330V that have led to short component lifetimes of 100-200 uses, as well as significant manufacturing waste and scrap losses due to discontinuities in coatings. In an ongoing Phase II SBIR program, QuesTek Innovations has developed a low-cost, high-strength, high-fracture-tough, SCC resistant alloy Ferrium® M54™ that could have a dramatic life improvement over 4330V and eliminate the need for a HVOF wear coating. In the Phase I program QuesTek plans to evaluate the wear resistance of the baseline alloy (4330V coated and uncoated) compared to Ferrium M54 to demonstrate the feasibility of eliminating the HVOF coating currently being used. In addition, high temperature tensile tests will be completed to demonstrate the superior high temperature resistance of M54 compared to 4330V. The Phase I program proposed herein details a plan to demonstrate the feasibility of replacement of the 4330V alloy with M54 based on improved wear resistance, thermal resistance, and resistance to stress corrosion cracking while eliminating the need for HVOF coatings.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

Agency Micro-sites

SBA logo
Department of Agriculture logo
Department of Commerce logo
Department of Defense logo
Department of Education logo
Department of Energy logo
Department of Health and Human Services logo
Department of Homeland Security logo
Department of Transportation logo
Environmental Protection Agency logo
National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo
National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government